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WARNING CO2 says the sign -
could this be the first warning sign of Global Warming?

Perhaps this is a sign to remind us to
turn down the central heating,
turn off the air conditioning, and
turn off electrical equipment on standby.

This has been processed to deliberately warm the colours by increasing the saturation by 60%.

Perhaps this gives some idea of what it will be like in 20 years time with climate change.
Well, there's nothing like a bit of exaggeration to get a point across.

The background facts:
Carbon dioxide levels have been rising steadily in the atmosphere,
at a rate faster than that documented during the last 60 million years, and probably more.

The rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide is mostly related to the burning of carbon in fossil fuels: coal, oil, gas and lignite, as well as wood.

Burning peat and draining wetlands also contributes to the increase in CO2
.
Deep water in the oceans removes some of the carbon dioxide produced, which slowly acidifies the sea.
Eventually, as the deep cold ocean water slowly warms up, it will start to release the stored carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

At present, a small amount of carbon dioxide is removed from the carbon cycle by the additional growth of forests in Scandinavia and eastern North America.

Biofuels, particularly those made from forestry waste, may be part of the solution.
Growing biofuels on agricultural land has no net benefit, as carbon dioxide is produced by the cultivation with oil based chemical fertilisers and tranpsort of the raw materials. Biofuels including ethanol is much better produced from wood waste than sweetcorn. Oilseed rape and sunflower seed oil to produce substitutes for deisel also require energy for fertilisers, transport and extraction.

The rise in global temperatures leads to more extreme weather,
as well as climate change producing hotter and in places a colder , as well as wetter and drier climatic patterns in different parts of the world: the long term concerns are that will lead to major changes in population.

This year (2006), England has had the warmest July and September since records began.
September 2006 has been on avarage 3 degrees centigrade warmer than normal.
The winter of 2006-7 has been exceptionally mild, as across most of the northern hemisphere.
The spring of 2007 has seen warm tempteraures producing plant growth and flowering two to three weeks earlier than normal, followed by exceptionally high rainfall and floods in June.

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While I reserve the right to charge for use in any way, I will be prepared to consider waiving charges to deserving causes and charities.

I have had several requests to publish this image:
It has been used by Oxfam UK in an information leaflet to promote thier camgaigns.
Christine Gable, a writer specializing in alternative energy, food and nutrition has used it to illustrate a web article. on Alternative Fuels.
alternativefuels.about.com/
www.christinegable.com

20071028 The image is being used with permission to provide the link to flickr at the
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  1. OrangUtanSam 66 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 2009, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  2. dvness 62 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Found Typography, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  3. :s:k:y:clark:i:n:g: 61 months ago | reply

    isn't that the basis of ALL life?......

  4. :s:k:y:clark:i:n:g: 61 months ago | reply

    no worries..... barry obama has a plan to block the sun's strong rays...

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! ..... boy, what a shameful group of leaders we have...

  5. Gert Stobbe (infinity.club) 61 months ago | reply

    @ Clark Norris: As all life on Earth is carbon based... carbon not CO2, is most certainly the basis of all life on Earth... CO2 is the source of the carbon that all forms of vegetation (plants) use to make the building blocks and fuel (food) that sustains all life on Earth.

    “Photosynthesis” – is the process by which all plants capture sunlight and use this solar energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen and split carbon dioxide into carbon and oxygen... Carbon and hydrogen are then re-combined to make hydrocarbons – and carbon, hydrogen and a little oxygen are re-combined, to make carbohydrates and the remaining oxygen is released into the atmosphere, maintaining the oxygen level that is needed by all animals... Hydrocarbons and carbohydrates are the building blocks and the fuel of all life on Earth... Only plants can make this food and fuel and they need CO2 to make it... Hydrocarbons and carbohydrates are like a battery that is charged with solar energy and stores solar energy.

    CO2 is not the cause of global warming and climate change... CO2 only contributes to warming, because we have removed too much vegetation and consequently not enough solar energy is being stored... If we had kept all the trees and allowed the Earth’s vegetation canopy to expand... then the same amount of CO2 that we now have in our atmosphere, would be contributing to the cooling of the Earth, instead of the heating of the Earth.

    CO2 is known as a greenhouse gas... and is added to greenhouses... Not, because it warms the greenhouse... but, because it makes the plants grow faster... If you have two identical greenhouses, that contain identical types and volumes of plants and receive identical amounts of sunlight... and you fill one with an oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere (no CO2) and seal it... and fill the second with normal air, to which you add CO2 so that the concentration of CO2 is above one thousand parts per million and seal it... You will find that #1 will warm more than #2 and #2 may even cool, if the concentration of vegetation is dense enough.

  6. aardvark. 60 months ago | reply

    I'd love it if you'd add this to our Climate Change group:
    www.flickr.com/groups/kyotoplus/

  7. The Guardian on Flickr 58 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called A message to Copenhagen, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Cheers,
    Adam

  8. Gert Stobbe (infinity.club) 56 months ago | reply

    WARNING: If we continue with our plans to sequestrate CO2, we will NOT stop global warming... We will only make things worse and eventually make it impossible to ever stop and reverse global warming and climate change.

    CO2 is NOT the cause of global warming... CO2 is NOT a pollutant... CO2 does NOT produce any heat... CO2 actually helps to cool the Earth... And things would be much worse, if we did not have the elevated levels of CO2 that we now have.

    CO2 is the MOST important gas on Earth... Life would not and could not exist without CO2... ALL life on Earth is carbon based... and the carbon that makes life possible... Is obtained, by plants from CO2 trough the process of photosynthesis... A process that stores solar energy and keeps the Earth cool.

    Global warming is the result of depleting Earth's vegetation and reducing the amount of solar energy being stored by plants... Energy that is now simply HEATING the Earth.

    My only interest is in resolving the issue of global warming/climate change... We are rapidly running out of time... We urgently need to take the right action before it is too late!

    Global warming can only be stopped by storing sufficient solar energy... For this we need to urgently restore all the vegetation that we have lost, plus 20% extra to compensate for the warming that has occurred and the heat that we generate...

    This vegetation can only be grown in the desert!

  9. davidad64 56 months ago | reply

    Gert Strobe: If only your assertion that ALL life on earth is carbon based were true. Some is SILICON based - that is why politicians, industrialists and bankers have rocks in their heads
    If people would understand that when 'someone in power', the above plus religious leaders, sociologists etc say such and such a policy is for 'OUR GOOD' what they really mean is its for the benefit of their vested interests.
    My father said to me shortly after I started school, 'Don't accept on trust what people tell you. Think about it and if you are in doubt, assume it is not true.'

  10. Gert Stobbe (infinity.club) 56 months ago | reply

    davidad64: Silicon based life flourishes only in science-fiction... Some scientists speculate the possibility of silicon based life somewhere in the universe... But on Earth, no such thing... and petrified brains don't count as silicon based life.

    As for your comment on 'those who are in power'... you are spot-on... that's why they have adopted a failed policy of 'carbon trading and carbon reduction'... because it will generate mountains of revenue...

    We can only hope that some of 'the powers that be' will resist the temptation of believing their own hype and have the wisdom and fortitude to use this revenue to do what is really needed to stop global warming... like increasing water evaporation... to increase cloud-cover... and deflect some of the sun's energy that is now simply heating the Earth... to provide the water that is needed to re-grow the lost vegetation that will keep the planet cool... to capture and reticulate the water to where it is needed... to detoxify the ocean and recover the CO2 that has turned to carbonic acid... to seed the ocean with iron and stimulate the growth of plankton... to insure that there is enough CO2 available to do the job of re-vegetating and cooling the Earth.

    This is what is needed... but it is expensive... and there is no profit in this... at least, it keeps the planet alive... and insures that profits may again be made in the future.

    Let us hope !!!... that they will NOT simply use this money to prop-up and further enrich those that are now pillaging and destroying the planet... What use will that wealth be when there is no life left on Earth???

  11. zoom27 54 months ago | reply

    cool design, but man made global warming is the biggest scientific hoex ever....plant life has to have Carbon dioxid, it's what they breath, the more the better..

    wattsupwiththat.com/2009/11/20/mikes-nature-trick/

  12. Gert Stobbe (infinity.club) 52 months ago | reply

    @ zoom27: Man made global warming is not a hoax... The hoax is - that we're blaming it on CO2 !!

    The real cause of global warming is... that we have depleted the vegetation on Earth, namely the forests and poisoned the plankton in the ocean... Plants store solar energy... all the fossil fuels were created by plants - they are stored solar energy... we no longer have enough plants on Earth to store sufficient solar energy... the excess solar energy that is not being stored is now simply heating the Earth... there are NO new fossil fuels being created... we consume the plants as quickly as they grow...

    Yes, humans are definitely responsible for global warming !!!

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  14. Disgruntled customer 52 months ago | reply

    I've been following this AGW agenda for awhile now. Besides the EPA politicizing CO2 as a pollutant, there is ongoing research that we still don't have true peer reviewed consensus on climate science.
    Controversial New Climate Change Data: Is Earth's Capacity to Absorb CO2 Much Greater Than Expected?
    New data show that the balance between the airborne and the absorbed fraction of carbon dioxide has stayed approximately constant since 1850, despite emissions of carbon dioxide having risen from about 2 billion tons a year in 1850 to 35 billion tons a year now.
    This suggests that terrestrial ecosystems and the oceans have a much greater capacity to absorb CO2 than had been previously expected. ...

    What's alarming is the fraud in the Carbon trading scheme: US Court Orders Records Unsealed In Cap-And-Trade Fraud Case
    ...Sholtz, who helped design a small California cap-and-trade program, allegedly hustled New York Investment firm AG Clean Air out of more than $12 million between 1999 and 2001 by selling fake emission credits. ...
    The next big scam: carbon dioxide
    ...Says Chris Perryman of Europol’s Criminal Finances and Technology section in The Hague, in referring to the $7.4-billion in fraud that have occurred in the last 18 months in the EU’s carbon market: “It is clear that [carbon trading] fraudsters are fully aware of the potential that trading in intangible commodities has to further their ends. Such goods or services can be traded without the need to be physically moved or transported, which represents an obvious opportunity to frustrate Law Enforcement efforts to track and trace transactions.” So much fraud has been occurring that, Europol estimates, up to 90% of all carbon market volume in some EU nations was related to fraudulent activities.
    ...
    In the final analysis, carbon markets are political constructs controlled by politically empowered regulators who will be gatekeepers to a multi-trillion dollar market. The regulators themselves would become too numerous to regulate. This then becomes the tried and true recipe for good old fashioned and widespread corruption.

    Considering the Climategate revelation, no wonder the world's biggest fraud is perpetuating more fraud. The Changenhopen conference proved it's just a wealth redistribution scheme.

  15. Explore beautiful Digital art / Graphics 49 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Graphic Design - Global warming - Pollution - Green - Organic, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  16. museumofworldwonders 38 months ago | reply

    Here is my picture about Global Warming. Please take a look at it :-)
    www.flickr.com/photos/museumofworldwonders/5490511178/

    At December's U.N. Global Warming conference in Poznan, Poland, 650 of the world's top climatologists stood up and said man-made global warming is a media-generated myth without basis. Said climatologist Dr. David Gee, Chairman of the International Geological Congress, "For how many years must the planet cool before we begin to understand that the planet is not warming?" ----- Dr. Kunihiko, Chancellor of Japan's Institute of Science and Technology said this: "CO2 emissions make absolutely no difference one way or the other ... every scientist knows this, but it doesn't pay to say so." (John Tomlinson, Flint Journal, January 19, 2009)
    www.mlive.com/opinion/flint/index.ssf/2009/01/its_time_to...

  17. Gert Stobbe (infinity.club) 38 months ago | reply

    @ ”Museum of World Wonders" ; An interesting argument that only proves that the debate continues... that the ball keeps bouncing from one court to the other... and that each side keeps generating rubbery statistics to prove their case, to infinity, or at least until mankind becomes extinct. People have always and will no doubt continue to make opposing arguments backed by false claims, depending on which side their bread is buttered.

    Whilst I vehemently disagree that there is no global warming... I do however totally agree that CO2 is NOT the cause of global warming... CO2 is a dense (heavy) gas that absorbs heat from the ground and conveys the heat to higher levels in the atmosphere by convection, allowing heat to dissipate more rapidly... CO2 is also the only source of carbon that plants use in the process of photosynthesis... A process that stores solar energy and cools the planet... The same process that created all the fossil fuel deposits on Earth in the first place... Deposits that man is burning to release the solar energy and generate extra heat.

    The problem is, that NOW, less solar energy is stored by plants... Because the amount of vegetation on land and in the ocean has been depleted... And the solar energy that is not being stored, is NOW heating the ground and the ocean.

    As we cannot trust the evidence produced by people... We need to turn to nature, to supply the evidence... 1. The area covered by ice in each hemisphere, at its lowest point each year and added together, to give a global minimum ice cover each year... Since the late 1980's we have had the satellite capability to provide accurate measurements... Since 1988 the minimum global ice cover has decreased every year... 2. Water evaporation determined by precipitation measured globally, only by rain gauges that have been continuously operational for a period of 50 years... This has shown an increase of rain. every decade over the past 100 years... This indicates that there has been an increase in ocean surface temperatures, corroborated by ocean temperature measurements that would account for the increase in precipitation... 3. An increase in methane CH4 emanating from the ocean, from methane hydrate deposits at the bottom of the ocean, that are destabilising due to increasing ocean temperatures... The release of methane from the ocean has now been increasing exponentially over the past 16 years.

    These are unambiguous, positive indicators that the Earth is warming and NOT cooling!

  18. Disgruntled customer 38 months ago | reply

    Gert: simple questions, who determined that the earth's climate shall never change, and just what is the perfect average temperature, and why? Also, the AGW cult would love for humans to go extinct, since we aren't a "natural" component.
    BTW: please show us an up-to-date hockey stick graph (that doesn't stop at 2000).

  19. museumofworldwonders2 35 months ago | reply

    Please take a look at my post about "global warming" here, too :-)
    www.flickr.com/photos/museumofworldwonders2/5830306190/in...

  20. Double_Nickel 2 months ago | reply

    What an idiotic sign. Plants use CO2 for photosynthesis and every breath you breath out CO2. Plus there have been times in the past with greater concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere.

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