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Poke Staff. Updated on August 16, 2022
For reasons that are clearly blind, this climate change warning from a newspaper 110 years ago has just gone viral.
This is not the first time and unfortunately it will not be the last either.
This was printed 110 years ago today,’ Redditor . he said Philip Liptonschrut,
And if it’s hard to read…
Science Notes & News
Coal consumption is affecting the climate
The world’s furnaces are now burning about 2,000,000,000 tons of coal annually.
When it is burned, combined with oxygen, it adds about 7,000,000,000 tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere annually.
This makes the air a more effective blanket for the Earth and raises its temperature.
The effect could be substantial in just a few centuries.
It’s from a New Zealand paper called the Rodney & Otamatia Times and you can read a deeper dive into it here.
And here are just a few of the things people were saying about it.
‘ That person said “in a few centuries the effect can be considerable”, well it’s only been a century so egg on your face, dude!!!! Makes a mark of L on the forehead.
‘It’s almost like we all know it; And instead of stopping the train we are going in, we keep throwing more coal in the fire.
‘Reading some of these old newspaper entries and other texts from 100 years ago I looked up and really appreciated how straightforward they all are.
‘There’s no lengthy introduction, no playing with fancy terminology, it’s a clear, concise delivery of facts. One such article would have taken many pages to write today.
‘A mildly interesting fact, the car was seen as an eco-friendly alternative to horses in cities. Manure was a health risk, disposal of dead horses became a problem and horseshoes were causing excessive noise pollution.’
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