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Climate change

Okay, the debate is over, I think it has finally become apparent that the consensus in the scientific community is that climate change not only is happening but it is most likely caused by human activity.The question is, what can we do now?I believe the short answer is: nothing.If indeed this is really a problem there is very little we can do now that will make a difference in the foreseeable future. The effects of climate change will not be immediate but gradual. When environmental problems occur and governments can realistically do something about them within a reasonable amount of time, as was the case with the London fog emergency in 1952, they do.In cases like that, it was very clear what needed to be done and there was a marked improvement in the situation in a very short time.The case of global warming is very different.First of all, it is not very clear what can be done.Yes, cutting down on carbon dioxide emissions may eventually improve things, but we don't really know ho…