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One: if we wanted to stabilize the climate, we needed to remove one-third of all the carbon being pumped into in the Earth's atmosphere as of that hot July day in 2009. But carbon content has gone up every year since.
Two: the world's oceanic and atmospheric mechanisms are so huge and so slow-moving that the climate change effects we feel now are the result of carbon spewed into the atmosphere in the 1970s.
You do the math.
And when you get a minute in your busy and ever-warmer life, stand up and support our leaders and policymakers who have the guts to get carbon out of our atmosphere.
Glenda Bartosh is an award-winning journalist who's never liked a scorcher.