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The Baker (Homo pistor)

  • Julian Cribb
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Abstract

The human impact on the global atmosphere and climate system. How global warming was discovered, worst case scenarios and the current nature of the threat. The urgency of ending fossil fuel use. The risk of runaway warming and the possibility of human extinction. The attack on climate science and its effect on government inaction. Geoengineering myths. What global citizens can (and will) do to fix the climate.

Keywords

Global warming Methane Venus syndrome Uncontrollable warming Geoengineering myths End fossil fuel use 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julian Cribb
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  1. 1.CanberraAustralia

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