The debate surrounding global warming is currently focused on CO2 emissions and considerable effort is being put into reducing fossil-fuel greenhouse gases by developing renewable energy sources and reducing carbon concentrations in the atmosphere.
However global warming and the climate changes it produces is the result of the heat emissions into the atmosphere that are trapped by these greenhouse gases, and dealing with this heat pollution is generally overlooked in the debate.
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The global climate is rapidly deteriorating, ice shelves are melting, sea-levels rising, the Gulf Stream conveyor belt is threatened, waves of hurricanes brew over hot oceans, devastating weather extremes of all natures are more and more prevalent in every corner of the globe.
However, international efforts to mitigate global warming rely on Kyoto targets which are so low and unenforceable, as to be of little utility except to salve political conscience in the short term.
An urgent paradigm shift is necessary, recognizing that energy-emissions and heat-emissions are both forms of pollution, which work in unison to bring about climate change - at global and urban scales.
Capturing and sequestering heat should be recognized and rewarded in the same way as corporations can earn energy dollars from selling carbon credits.
Unless the amount of heat pollution emitted into the atmosphere is reduced, it will continue to silently and invisibly change the climate, beneath the consciousness of the world energy and environmental community.
Unless the amount of heat pollution emitted into the atmosphere is reduced, it will continue to silently and invisibly change the climate.