Will reducing carbon emissions end global poverty?

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  • Corn Dog New York, NY
    Nov. 1, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    The answer is no.

    The atmospheric half-life for CO2 is about 100 years. If everyone on earth, starting tomorrow, stopped burning fossil fuels, it would take decades for that to have a measureable affect on earth's climate - much too long for those threatened by rising sea levels to tread water.

    Global warming is not Haiti's only problem - they suffer from catastrophic earthquakes, and are poor and non-industrialized because they have no fossil fuels of their own.

  • Pack Layton, Utah
    Oct. 31, 2012 8:32 p.m.

    The simple answer is no.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 3:13 p.m.

    I guess climatologists don't take into consideration graft and corruption in the governments in most poor countries, or cultures that disdain education, or any of the other myriad of factors contributing to poverty?

    I wonder how much these "climatologists" are positioned to make trading carbon credits?

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 2:18 p.m.

    What an outstandingly dumb article. There have always been storms like this. The damage wrought by this storm was because two storms collided. One warm and one cold. That enhanced the storm. To say that reducing carbon emissions will bring people out of poverty, I doubt it. Haiti just happens to be in the way of about every hurricane spawned in the Atlantic Ocean that heads to the west. That is unfortunate, but a fact of life. No Carbon Emission or global warming will changed that fact of geology and weather patterns. Haiti is going to be occasionally smacked by storms. Some type of economic development for them would help to bring them out of poverty, but they'd still get hit by storms and damage would occur. And due to the economic development and potential lift to their economy, they would be able to do some activities that would put carbon into the air.