The headline reads, …
The headline reads, “Fossil fuel curbs may speed global warming”. Yup, you read that right.

Cutting down on fossil fuel pollution could accelerate global warming and help turn parts of Europe into desert by 2100, according to research to be aired on British television on Thursday. “Global Dimming”, a BBC Horizon documentary, will describe research suggesting fossil fuel by-products like sulphur dioxide particles reflect the sun’s rays, “dimming” temperatures and almost cancelling out the greenhouse effect.

The researchers say cutting down on the burning of coal and oil, one of the main goals of international environmental agreements, will drastically heat rather than cool climate.

“When the cooling affect goes away — and it must do because particles like sulphur dioxide are damaging to humans — global warming will be much stronger,” climate change scientist Dr Peter Cox told Reuters on Wednesday.

Once again, to make national (or global) policy decisions based on global warming science, whichever way it predicts things will go, is reckless.

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