"People have imagined that if we stopped emitting carbon dioxide that the climate would go back to normal in 100 years or 200 years. What we're showing here is that's not right. It's essentially an irreversible change that will last for more than a thousand years," Solomon says.So we're more or less doomed. America's breadbasket is fast becoming a desert; subtropical regions are being pounded by hurricane after hurricane; heavily forested areas are seeing massive burn-offs; ocean temperatures are becoming inimical to sea life; Greenland and Antarctica are melting away; and we can look forward to nothing but more of teh same, for more than a thousand years. But hey, let's not try and cut back on our pollutant emissions or anything. After all, Gaia will be able to take pretty much whatever we can throw at her. That's what 'survival of the fittest' means. As the climate changes, the ecosystem will evolve via any species that can't handle climate change dying out. I'd like to think that we humans are adaptable enough to find ways of surviving and even thriving in our new extra-crispy ecology. But we've known for decades that industrial pollutants were poisoning the environment and altering the climate, and we did nothing. That doesn't exactly spell 'adaptable' to me.
Signals of Impending Doom: Climate Change is Irreversible
We might as well just keep dumping CO2 into the air as fast as we can burn it; it won't make a lick of difference to our quality of life here and now. Dr. Susan Solomon, a respected climatologist working with the NOAA, has just published a research paper claimingh that global warming may not exactly be ameniable to austerity measures like the Kyoto protocol: