Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The cost (in dollars) of doing nothing about climate change

According to a Natural Resources Defense Council study, if we fail to take action to slow climate change, it will cost the world about $1.9 trillion, reports Discover. That figure is part of a half-dozen other numbers the website has aggregated under the title, "Global Warming Math: The Hard Numbers."

Another surprising stat, the Earth's oceans have absorbed about 40,000 billion tons of "human-generated carbon dioxide." And that can't go on forever. "Studies show the oceans are reaching their sequestering limits."

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.