How Can We Stop Global Warming?


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Global Warming Summary in Easy English

 (Revised 24 February 2010)


Dr. Michael Tuckson


Greenhouse gas emissions (out gassing) are rising faster and ice sheets are melting faster than 20 years ago. Sea levels are rising faster. Hurricanes are becoming more severe. Heat waves and forest fires are increasing. The ocean is becoming acid.


Sceptics/deniers are wrong because:  

  • The above changes are observable (can be sensed easily or with the help of instruments) 
  • Global temperatures are on average rising, but go up and down (oscillating) due to natural changes in the oceans  
  • Solar radiation is falling/oscillating while temperatures are rising in the last 30 years 
  • Cosmic radiation is a very small influence and fairly steady over the last few decades. 
  • In geological history, in each climate cycle, temperature changes a few hundred years before CO2 changes, as changes in earth-sun geometry caused the initial temperature change and ocean turn over time is a few hundred years. The influence of carbon dioxide rises after the initial temperature change. 
  • In geological history when carbon dioxide concentrations were higher than today and temperatures were 2-3 degrees higher, sea levels were 25-35 metres higher. 

See also ....Basic GLOBAL WARMING Information   which has several useful graphs and pictures.



Carbon dioxide is long lasting, more than 100 years.

Some greenhouse gases (GHGs) are short lived and easier to reduce. These are methane, low level ozone and hydrochlorofluorocarbons. Black carbon soot, a warming dust that is also short-lived comes mainly from poor rural areas and can be reduced with basic help. The Ganges basin is an important area. Methane is more important than usually thought. Methane from livestock and irrigated rice can be reduced fairly easily by behaviour change from many of us. Methane coming out of waste tips can be used for heating or electricity generation.


Global temperatures started to rise above pre-industrial levels (the time before industry) (taken as 0) when the GHG concentration was about 280 ppm.

Temperatures are now 0.8 degrees above, and GHGs are now at 387 ppm.  (In the diagram below only this number is fairly exact. The others are estimates)

About 300,000 people are dying each year. This number will rise on average each year. 

A safe level for GHGs may be 300 ppm, certainly no higher than 350 ppm. 

A safe temperature rise may be, or rather would have been, about 0.5 degrees above times before industry.

Thus we must try very hard to stop the rise and then to lower the concentration of CO2, the long lasting gas, by capturing it from the air using trees and perhaps technology. It may be harder to reduce the temperature. 


 Temperature - Carbon Dioxide Relationship


Big countries say they aim to stop the rise at 450 ppm and 2 degrees. Poor nations want to stop the rise at 1.5 degrees (about 430 ppm). Big countries do not want to try for the lower target. Why? 


Either the target is truly impossible, the powerful are not motivated as they do not think they or their children or grandchildren will suffer, they are poor thinkers, they know too little about the science and strategies, they believe the people are also like this, or some other reason.  


Many are idle, as although they generally believe the science, it doesn’t seem important enough, they don’t understand it sufficiently, they cannot see what to do, they are overworked, or some other reason. 


Earth has thermal inertia, meaning that when one part such as air affects the temperature of another such as water the change is slow. This means that the GHG in the air now will still heat the Earth even if we stop emissions. This means that the climate will get worse and the sea level will rise almost for sure. To stop it we must not only stop emissions, but lower the carbon dioxide by planting hundreds of millions of trees, now.  We must teach the powerful and influential.


What You Can Do 


  • Keep learning about the science and the methods or strategies to stop global warming.
  • You may need to learn more English as almost all the best science is in English. 
  • But you should try Google translations. When you leave this website, change to your native language on your computer and type in in google search and you will be given a translation of the main or home webpage. 
  • Work in a group to educate the influential and powerful ..... Hierarchical Strategies
  • Send this website address and parts of the website copied into emails to others, especially the powerful in government and companies.
  • Work in a group to educate the mass
  • Help communicate acrossborders, especially if you know two languages
  • Try the list ….. Emission Reduction Actions Other methods....See the rest of this website.


Try also....For Beginners and the Bewildered

                WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

                243 GLOBAL WARMING SLOGANS

                CLASSIFIED Climate Change SLOGANS

                Short Summary on Global Warming

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Semi-Random Slogans

Invite a denier to lunch

Eat less meat every day

Form a small climate group

Inertia will kill us, twice

Holiday on bicycles

Learn how to plant and nurture trees

Drain your rice fields sometimes 

Auction caps 

Grow and store carbon 

Write to a newspaper in a denier region 

Help the employees, not the fossil fuel owners

Read a book, not a newspaper, on the bus

350 not 450

Study tropical forest protection

Why are most deniers men?

Carbon tax before cap and trade

Look for a home closer to work

Write a new page for this website

Oppose lobbying

Put a new slogan on your bicycle or bag every day 

Study the latest climate science first

No air-conditioning before lunchtime

Drink just a little cow milk

Study Earth's thermal inertia

Learn how to teach

Send parts of this website to a politician

Grow and store carbon in houses 

Organize exchanges with Asian universities 

Grow crops not livestock

Rationing is equitable

Study thermal inertia in buildings

Practice dialogue, not argument

Behaviour before technology

Make a bicycle path plan

Don't use concrete

Drive a much smaller car

Study the denier claims

1.5 not 2.0

Don't use trees for offsets

Work with a bilingual person 

Eat even less meat every day

Support better democracy

Do deniers care for their grandchildren? 

Paint your roof white

Oppose advertising by polluting companies

Consume less, save money

Form an international group 

Help a politician to learn

Making cement emits CO2.

Education must be global 

Grow and store carbon in the soil

Fans, not air-conditioning

Lobbying is bribery

Study growing algae

Improve the school curricula

You can't read driving a car

Find dated photos of glaciers

Study which companies bribe political parties 

How do you entice a denier to want to learn?

Share your job with an oil driller

Plant trees to absorb carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere

Have you tried Tahini dip?

What do deniers understand?

Dress less formally in the heat

Design a more tempting commuter bus

Get to know a denier's children

Pay tax to fund retraining

Less clothing, not fans

Eat kangaroo meat 


Improve the university curricula

One is enough

Interview a climate scientist on video

Insulate your home

Open a wind turbine factory in a coal town

Study Earth feedback processes

300 not 350

Wheat is safer than rice

Take men's fashions up, and women's down

Use a condom in emergencies

Share some job-time

Protest forest destruction

Wear a cotton coat

Study tree plantations

Eat just a little cheese

Get to know a denier's grandchildren

Why do the rich want to grow?

Put on an extra jumper when its cold outside

Offer a new job to a coal miner

Adopt two

Join an NGO today

Political bribes, not donations

None is enough

Holiday close to home

Invest in a diverse plantation

Wear less in the heat

Talk to migrants about emailing home

Make compost

Promote eco-tourism for locals

Read more of this website

Ask a politician have they read James Hansen

Eat less cream

Jumpers are cheaper than gas

Arrange a climate debate

Build a thick-walled house

Study how to turn moderate deniers

Study fast growing trees

Hand out appropriate leaflets at railway stations

Study your local energy organization

Learn about the delights of veganism

Study Chinese

Practice walking

Shirts are enough in hot weather

Support rapid research on how to turn deniers

Try an IUD

Asians make blankets from cotton and kapok

Get to know your neighbours

Recycle jumpers and coats

Holiday by mass land transport

Drink red wine, not milk

Support rapid research on capturing CO2 from the air.

Hand out leaflets at bus stops

Men's legs are beautiful too

Talk to local government about recycling biological waste

Keep a stock of morning after pills


Adopt another one

When will the USA go metric?

Write and publish leaflets

Holiday on a sailing ship

Start a course on climate change and solutions

Exercise periodically when its cold

Farmers now support the Green party

Give a talk at the local school

Chocolate's great with soya cream

Climate crisis not climate change

Share a car with your neighbours

Study tipping points and irreversibility

Email government ministers

Form a climate group with your neighbours or friends

Read Climate Cover-Up

Study palaeo-climatology

Soon meat becomes less tempting

Improve your foreign language skills

Adopt a baby girl 

Write an article for your local newspaper

Read Storms of My Grandchildren (after reading some climate science such as on this website)

Take plastic packaging off at the shop

Climate emergency not climate crisis

Ask you government to make a good video on the climate emergency

Move your company to where your workers live

Invite your favourite denier to a vegan lunch

Ask the supermarket to turn off half the lights

Study carbon taxes in more than one nation

Join yours with other climate groups

Shop at dimly lit shops

Email people you know abroad

Ask a climatologist to explain the various! meanings of CO2e

Plant and nurture trees in your garden till its full

Learn about biochar

Study the bus routes in your town or city

Support James Hansen for the Nobel Prize for physics, peace or whatever.

Protest new oil exploration

Install a solar thermal hot water heater

Shop for food where the fridges have lids or doors

Plant 10 trees a month in neighbours' gardens and in parks

Ask your adult children what they think

Write a better letter to the newspapers

Organize a demonstration outside coal company offices.

Where are the Nobel prizes for Earth and social sciences?

Form a climate group at work

Give a talk at a school in a coal town

No children is best

Buy a glass of wine for a denier

Start an NGO

Support honest and intelligent politicians

Study short-term GHGs

Join a good political party

Give a talk at a school at an oil town

Study hire-purchase for solar panels

Stake out a coal energy factory

Don't export coal or oil

Work in a vulnerable area

Invest in geothermal

Live with a farmer family in the holidays and help them plant trees

Build a sailing ship

Give talks at the local town.

Hand out leaflets at another station

Video a debate

Move to a swinging seat in time for close elections



















 Michael Tuckson

The website author and publisher, December 2009.


Easy Summary


We must try to understand up-to-date climate science coming out over the last few years that warns of possible disaster. Ice shelves and sheets are melting much faster than before. Global temperatures are rising, with oscillations due to ocean oscillations. Natural causes are minor compared with pollution. This understanding must be spread by advanced adult education, especially among the powerful. As many readers as possible must spread understanding.


Denier leaders are funded by the fossil fuel, tobacco and similar corporations and/or are ideologues. Their arguments are always against, not considering pro and con, as with real science. They rarely call for better understanding, just attempt to confuse. None are climate scientists. Their motivation is salary and weak government, not salary and discovery. Either they do not care about their descendants or they do not understand the probable future.


We must put more emphasis on the short-term greenhouse influences such as methane. Carbon dixide must be captured from the atmosphere. Also we must lead with behaviour change before appropriate technology spreads. Birth control is important in some regions. Job-time sharing and retraining can reduce any unemployment resulting from mitigation measures. Mitigation must be coordinated globally by government and citizens in modern sectors. City pairing could be useful.