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There are plenty of good reasons for abandoning fossil fuels and I have a lot of sympathy for SS's ideas for a hydrogen-based economy, though we have some disagreements over the technicalities. But the obvious, zero-cost, no-effort, no-downside, ethical answer to nearly all of humanity's problems is MAKE FEWER HUMANS. Alas, being obvious, zero cost, etc., this solution will be unpopular with priests, politicians, economists and other populist parasites, and nobody will promote it.
Global forest loss amounted to 18.7 million hectares (46 million acres) in 2014, a decline of about 9 percent relative to 2013 and 20 percent compared to 2012.The much-anticipated data, published this morning on Global Forest Watch, reflects changes in tree cover, including deforestation, harvesting of tree plantations, fire damage, and forest die-off from disease and pests.
The NCAR study's author, Christine Wiedinmyer, analyzed the emissions with the model. She estimated that the forest fires (California) emitted 7.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from Oct. 19 through Oct. 26, the equivalent of about 25 percent of the average monthly emissions from all fossil fuel burning in the entire state of California.
Scientists have found that the levels of CO2 flattened in 2014. This means greenhouse gases, like CO2, have moderated due to changes already in place, or maybe nature is balancing things out.