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sharpiefan
08-30-2017, 03:05 PM
New study: We’re outpacing the most radical climate event we know of (LINK)

https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/1280px-Scotland-Staffa-Fingals-Cave-1900-800x594.jpg (https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/new-study-were-outpacing-the-most-radical-climate-event-we-know-of/)

The eruptions that produced the rocks of Fingal's Cave also triggered a massive climate event.
Image: Wikimedia Commons

LeeG
08-30-2017, 03:15 PM
But it'll balance out in 200,000yrs or so.

Peerie Maa
08-30-2017, 03:15 PM
Overall, their final estimate is on the high side of earlier ones: 10,000 gigatonnes of carbon were added to the atmosphere, all over the course of 50,000 years. That, for the mathematically challenged, is 0.2 gigatonnes a year. For context, humans are currently adding 10 gigatonnes a year (we'll come back to the implications). Even at their peak, emissions only reached about 0.6 gigatonnes a year, although it's possible there were brief periods of even higher emissions.
Humanity is screwed. Talk about shooting oneself in the foot.