05 Dec '11, 6pm

74% of Climate Change is Manmade

74% of Climate Change is Manmade

Yep, it's our fault the planet is warming up, despite the myriad naysayers who have devoted heaps of their time to insisting otherwise. Those naysayers, who buck the vast scientific consensus, are likely part of the inspiration that lead a duo of scientists to double-check whether human activity had the largest impact on global warming. They've published their results, which, unsurprisingly, register an unambiguous 'affirmative' in the journal Nature Geoscience. The paper's abstract notes that (emphasis mine) "Natural climate variability is extremely unlikely to have contributed more than about one-quarter of the temperature rise observed in the past 60 years." Indeed, "Most of the observed warming — at least 74 % — is almost certainly due to human activity." Imagine that! Our power plants, factories, and cars, which have emitted an exponential amount of carbon pollution (...

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