I'll try to be brief in addressing the "Ten Second Guide" linked by reefmagnet
Apologies to the target audience if I run over ten seconds. I know tim is mony
"The evidence shows temperature controls carbon dioxide (you read that correctly). Temperatures rise first, and CO2 follows."
First sentence: not true. Temperature influences (not controls) release of CO2, and CO2 influences temperature.
I think I posted earlier that rhis two-way influence sets up a dangerous positive feedback loop, potentially causing thermal runaway. The hotter it gets, the more CO2 is released. The more CO2, the quicker it gets hotter.
Second sentence: sometimes true. If you look at the historical record
, sometime temperature leads, sometimes it lags CO2. Refer sentence one for explanation.
"Global warming is real, but it started a century (or two) before our emissions."
At least this makes a change from claims the planet is actually cooling
.... It's very likely quite true, as well.
The climate is always either warming or cooling
. What's at issue here is the RATE of warming: we are causing warming at a rate which may threaten survival of crucial ecosystems. And if there is thermal runaway, the already dangerous rate could become much steeper.
Third claim: this relates only to static temperature. As suggested above, the real problem is the rate of change.
"CO2 is called "pollution" but it feeds all plant-life on Earth"
That's like saying we should not combat overeating, because food
EXCESS CO2 is damaging: not least because it changes the pH of the ocean we sail in, to the point where coral
viability could be seriously impaired ... just one of thousands of problems, but might be of interest to someone with the handle "reefmagnet"
No reefs= less to hit, but no lagoons, no shelter (and the end of Oceania civilisation, what little survives accelerated sea level rise)
Ever tried breathing CO2: just try breathing into a paper bag for five minutes, and your enthusiasm might be tempered.
And global warming will kill off some plant ecosystems wholesale, accelerating desert formation
(already a major, largely human induced, problem. Forests are inherently vulnerable around the edges and it takes very little to shrink them).
This in turn means Claim Four collapses. Less plant life means we will need CO2 to reduce, not increase.
Claims Five and Six are political so are not relevant to the discussion.
I congratulate this website on such a low proportion of political claims, it's a rare and refreshing change.