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If people work excessively hard at preventing global warming, isn't there a risk of going too far and causing global cooling?

Asked by josie (22423 points ) May 1st, 2012

How do you know when to quit?

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ratboy's avatar

It is too late to “prevent global warming;” the current cycle has been in progress for some time. The concern is that unless action is taken now to reduce the rate at which the atmospheric temperature is rising, eventually no possible intervention could suffice to prevent a global catastrophe. The concern arises from the fact that the atmospheric conditions are known to evolve in a nonlinear fashion (e.g., The Butterfly effect).

marinelife's avatar

We’re so far away from being successful at reducing global warming that that is not a blip on the radar.

Also, you quit when you have mitigated the effects of industrialization on the environment.

flutherother's avatar

We aren’t taking any steps to cool the planet. We are attempting to minimise the warming effect of CO2 emissions. Even if we were 100% successful world temperatures would just stay the same, they wouldn’t decrease.

Plucky's avatar

It’s not about cooling the planet.

tedd's avatar

Not sure if serious here…....

elbanditoroso's avatar

No, of course not. The premise of “doing to much” is not realistic. We’re not doing enough and the political climate in the US (to say nothing about the rest of the world) is simply not going to get us into a situation of doing to much.

ragingloli's avatar

When you apply the brakes to stop a car you are not going to move backwards after you stop.

tom_g's avatar

For the record, I think @josie is sort of kidding here in a way that @tedd did yesterday. Maybe we should start applying a <joking> tag or something.

Bill1939's avatar

I have little doubt that civilization has had a significant impact on the planet, especially the use of petrochemicals and the effects of mining in the last few centuries. Unless we develop more effective ways of dealing with byproducts of agriculture and technology, climate change may be the least of our worries.

janbb's avatar

Do you see any signs at all that this is likely to happen? Do you see any signs that we are doing much at all to limit global warming?

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