I've quoted the words of Solomon before, but in a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, leading Climate Scientist Susan Solomon and colleagues argues:
"People have imagined that if we stopped emitting carbon dioxide that the climate would go back to normal in 100 years or 200 years. What we're showing here is that's not right. It's essentially an irreversible change that will last for more than a thousand years," Solomon says.
I caught the piece mid way on NPR radio. Pretty heavy stuff. Check out the rest of the story on the link below. What do you think? How is this kind of report going to be received by the general public? By the politicians guiding us through this point in time?
Interesting note: in looking up the story, I was a bit surprised to see that NPR has been doing a fairly good job of keeping decent climate change stories in the news. The nice thing about the link is you can read the story or listen to it as it was presented when I caught it during drive time.