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    The extraordinary whether we've seen is indeed a start of climate change. I agree that we don't know all of physics to know what will happen when things change. I recently saw a documentprogram about hypercanes.. they said it reached a point where physics change. That I beleave could happen in any extreme conditions.

    Preparation is a question of how you look at it. Do you stop polluting atmosfere. (If it would stop GW) or build houses to a highground and make them last an intense hurricane.

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    The best preparation is of course to prevent the problem from happening in the first place. But adaptations to the weather seems like the more realistic solution, since putting limitations on polluting industries will be met by fierece resistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Innota View Post
    The best preparation is of course to prevent the problem from happening in the first place. But adaptations to the weather seems like the more realistic solution, since putting limitations on polluting industries will be met by fierece resistance.
    Agreed. Chinese think they can pollute at least the same amount europe has all the way from Industrial Revolution to this day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KK89 View Post
    Agreed. Chinese think they can pollute at least the same amount europe has all the way from Industrial Revolution to this day.
    The problem here is isn't the Chinese, it's the United States who refuse to sign any treaties governing the reductions of CO2. If they don't do it, why should the Chinese?

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    Sand Rat,
    I don't really understand you telling me that I need to present both sides of the story to my students. There are people who actually believe in global climate change and people who do not. Also, there are people who believe that humans are significantly contributing to climate change, and those who believe that humans have no effect. I present this to my students, but there really are not "2 sides" to this story. The "2nd side" seems to be nothing but speculation, and therefore is not truly a 2nd side. There is no data to support that humans are not significantly contributing/causing global climate change. The best theory that we have right now is that climate change is occurring and humans are playing the most important and dangerous role. This is how science works. You collect the best data possible, and interpret the data. With the overwhelming number of scientists interpreting the data and coming to the same conclusions, it would be foolish to present some sort of "other side" that is unsupported by any data that I have seen. What is so awesome about science is that theories can change over time. If we were to collect a large body of new data that supported the idea that climate change is not happening or that humans are not playing a VERY important role, then the international community of scientists would revise their theory. Theories can change over time as new evidence is collected. That is the beauty of science. As new technological advances and developments come about, we are able to sometimes collect even better data to help explain the phenomena in the universe around us. Science is not static. That is it's beauty. Ultimately, you can choose to believe whatever you want. That's fine with me. I'm sure we'd have a blast going for a ride on fat tires. I can agree to disagree with anybody.

    KK89,
    Some of your comments don't really make much sense. "Shoving theories down children's throats"? Do you realize that a theory is essentially the most powerful argument that exists in science. A theory is not simply an idea. A theory begins as a hypothesis and stands the test of time as a result of multitudes of experimentation and data collection. Gravity is a theory. Oh no...here is another theory...Evolution. Yes, I teach the theory of Evolution in my classroom. Not only is it mandated by the state, but the theory of Evolution is the only sound scientific explanation as to how life changes over time. To teach any of the opposing "ideas" would be teaching religion, not science. I'm glad that we do agree that we need to be good stewards of the environment and do what we can to help the planet.

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