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  1. #1 To Stop Climate Change, Educate Girls and Give them Birth Control 
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    The education of girls and family planning can be considered as a single issue involving the empowerment of women in communities across the world. Drawdown calculated that, by taking steps toward universal education and investing in family planning in developing nations, the world could nix 120 billion tons of emissions by 2050. Thatís roughly 10 yearsí worth of Chinaís annual emissions as of 2014, and itís all because the world's population won't rise quite so rapidly.
    Damn! Someone finally figured that out?
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    Damn! Someone finally figured that out?
    They apparently can't do the math since "120 billion tons of emissions by 2050" is actually less than 6 months of CO2 outflow from the ocean waters.

    The article is pure crap!

    Below shows that 120 Billion tons in 32 years is a drop in the bucket.

    From the University of New Hamshire

    "The following section is a brief overview of some of the important pools and fluxes in the global carbon cycle (and note that, in our discussion, we will use the terms pool, stock and reservoir interchangeably). But first, it’s worth taking a moment to consider the numbers and units scientists often deal with. Because the quantities of carbon in the Earth’s major carbon pools can be quite large, it is inconvenient to use familiar units such as pounds or kilograms. Instead, we use other units, such as Petagrams, that are better suited for expressing large numbers. For example, a Petagram (Pg), also known as a Gigaton (Gt), is equal to one quadrillion (1,000,000,000,000,000 or 1015) grams! Because there are a thousand grams in a kilogram, and a thousand kilograms in a tonne (also known as a metric ton), we can see that a Petagram is equal to a trillion (1,000,000,000,000) kilograms or a billion (1,000,000,000) tonnes. For those who prefer pounds, knowing that one kilogram is equal to 2.205 pounds tells us that one Petagram equals about 2.2 trillion pounds. In all cases, expressing this as 1 Pg is much simpler than working with that many zeros. Now we will consider carbon stored on Earth in four main reservoirs. CARBON POOLS

    Depending on our goals, the Earth’s carbon pools can be grouped into any number of different categories. Here, we will consider four categories that have the greatest relevance to the overall carbon cycle. Keep in mind that any of these pools could be further divided into a number of subcategories, as we will occasionally discuss.

    The Earth’s Crust: The largest amount of carbon on Earth is stored in sedimentary rocks within the planet’s crust. These are rocks produced either by the hardening of mud (containing organic matter) into shale over geological time, or by the collection of calcium carbonate particles, from the shells and skeletons of marine organisms, into limestone and other carboncontaining sedimentary rocks. Together all sedimentary rocks on Earth store 100,000,000 PgC (Petagrams of carbon). Recalling that 1 Pg is is equal to a trillion kilograms and over two trillion pounds, this is clearly a large mass of carbon! Another 4,000 PgC is stored in the Earth’s crust as hydrocarbons formed over millions of years from ancient living organisms under intense temperature and pressure. These hydrocarbons are commonly known as fossil fuels.

    Oceans: The Earth’s oceans contain 38,000 PgC, most of which is in the form of dissolved inorganic carbon stored at great depths where it resides for long periods of time. A much smaller amount of carbon, approximately 1,000 Pg, is located near the ocean surface. This carbon is exchanged rapidly with the atmosphere through both physical processes, such as CO2 gas dissolving into the water, and biological processes, such as the growth, death and decay of plankton. Although most of this surface carbon cycles rapidly, some of it can also be transferred by sinking to the deep ocean pool where it can be stored for a much longer time.

    Atmosphere: The atmosphere contains approximately 750 PgC, most of which is in the form of CO2, with much smaller amounts of methane (CH4) and various other compounds. Although this is considerably less carbon than that contained in the oceans or crust, carbon in the atmosphere is of vital importance because of its influence on the greenhouse effect and

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