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Climate change conundrum

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Wedged between the IPCC wrapping up its fourth assessment and the Bali negotiations for a "son of Kyoto" (a successor treaty to curb greenhouse gas emissions globally), comes the Scientific American climate change series. We've got an interactive map of climate change impacts, Q&As with Stern/Lomborg/Yohe on its cost and even 10 potential solutions (plus a bonus if you read the whole article!) It's the latter I'm most interested in. Beyond igniting a fire under carbon capture and storage, which seems absolutely vital to me if we are to seriously restrain carbon dioxide, what are the solutions that you require? Is it a tech fund? An enhanced commitment from industrialized countries given their historic share in the problem? Or a radical re-thinking of human population? And don't worry about the carbon lurking behind your keystrokes or utterances (inconvenient that we breathe out the stuff), you can always buy an indulgence.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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