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  •  11.5 degrees?!?!?!?!?! Well, no human being (11+ / 0-)

    will be alive to record that on this planet.  6 degrees will make this planet look and feel like Venus, so almost double that is just, well... game, set and match.

    I'm celebrating my old, childless age, thank you very much.  Looking forward to dying before the planet truly becomes uninhabitable because I think, unless there's some incredible scientific breakthrough, it's already too late to stop this slow-motion trainwreck of our entire ecological system that is already upon us.

    I read that the guy who broke down the DNA strands for humans is dreaming up some microbes that will eat pollution in the air and water that creates greenhouse gases.  Hope he creates said microbes right away and launches 'em into the atmosphere.  May be our only hope.

    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:13:45 AM PST

    •  Nice thoughts but what happens when the (3+ / 0-)

      microbes finish the job? What then?  

      How many millions of tons of toxic microbes will there be laying all over the place?

      -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

      by gerrilea on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:28:34 AM PST

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      •  No. They aren't "toxic microbes.". They (3+ / 0-)

        CONSUME pollutants.  And these harmless microbes will be invisible.  Much better for the planet than all that burning fossil fuel.  But go ahead and resist this possible saving grace with fear.  I think this scientist has the means to create his microbes and save the ecology of this planet without you.  At least, I'm praying for that to happen.  Otherwise, game over.

        Best. President. Ever.

        by Little Lulu on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:44:44 AM PST

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        •  Hey I'm not fighting against anything here, (0+ / 0-)

          just trying to understand the consequences of a specific action plan.

          Do the microbes convert the pollutants into something else that isn't harmful?  You never actually said.

          What are the by-products of the microbe? Are they dangerous to plant or animal life?  

          -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

          by gerrilea on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 12:42:16 PM PST

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          •  Here's something on these microbes I found (4+ / 0-)

            just by googling "microbes consume pollutants:"

            Microbes are the oldest form of life on Earth.  They've been here for 3.8 billion years.

            Microbes, by weight, represent 60 percent of the biomass of all life on Earth.

            Microbes produce more than half of all the oxygen we breathe.

            Microbes are the ultimate survivors: they are found just about everywhere on Earth.

            A liter of coastal seawater can contain a billion or more microbes.

            A single gram of soil can contain more than a billion microbes.

            In the soil under your feet, there might be a million different types of microbes.

            The right combinations of helpful microbes can eat pollution until the pollution disappears. Then the microbes disappear, because there's no more pollution for them to eat.

            Best. President. Ever.

            by Little Lulu on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 01:53:25 PM PST

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