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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 05:26 PM
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Climate Change Desperate Solutions and "Buying us a Few Decades"
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/environment_climate_dc


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The idea of using sulfur to combat global warming -- which most scientists say will bring more floods, desertification, heatwaves and rising sea levels -- is not new.

Scientists noticed that large volcanic eruptions had similar effects and the 1991 eruption on Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines lowered temperatures around the world for two years.

For decades the theory was dismissed as dangerous until Crutzen, who won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for research on ozone, published his paper.

"Until August this was a taboo issue. But the paper I published really set off some movement in this area. It never hit the level of seriousness which it has taken in the past months. It may have had to do with the Nobel Prize, but I hope that's not all," Crutzen said.

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"The fact that the top experts in the field are saying it's necessary shows it's a sad state of affairs," said Steve Sawyer, a policy adviser for Greenpeace International.

"This idea should be examined and as a last resort it can buy us a few decades," Sawyer said

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