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British Airways Will Power Flights With Trash

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BritishAirLast year’s report by the International Panel for Climate Change
was so dire that it caused meteorologist Eric Holthaus to burst into tears. Anyone who has read this report, or any of the myriad scientific findings suggesting that humans keep digging themselves, and the planet, into a deeper and deeper hole, can probably relate to what Holthaus was feeling. Realizing that planes are one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions, Holthaus Tweeted again a couple minutes later:

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Experts Affirm That We’re To Blame For Global Warming

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burn“It’s your fault,” are words that no one particularly enjoys hearing. But that’s exactly what scientists are saying about global warming. But who else would we have blamed? The olinguito? Superman?

Ironically, but appropriately for the times, this rather obvious conclusion was apparently leaked from the fifth assessment report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Reuters was able to get an early look at drafts of the report, which will be published in September.

The report attempts to quantify what we already knew, asserting that “it is at least 95 percent likely that human activities — chiefly the burning of fossil fuels — are the main cause of warming since the 1950s.” When the last report was issued in 1997, scientists put the likelihood of human activity being the cause of global warming at 90%. Six years earlier, that number was at 66%. In the first report published in 1995, experts we were only 50% sure that humans were to blame for the planet’s temperature increases. Bit by bit, scientists have confirmed that global warming can’t be attributed to natural climate fluctuations. The more we know, the more we know who to blame, but that still raises three big questions: how bad will this be? When? And what the hell are we going to do about it?