Greenhouse (feat. Aaron Nazrul)

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    Twenty-four original tracks diving deep into the science and politics of climate change. A great gift for activists and climate deniers alike (effects may vary).

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lyrics

Let’s take it back
Way back…

In the greenhouse
We heated it up
Now we gotta figure it out
And though we may not be around
When it all goes down
I know that what we
Do now will live on
And on and on and on


Let’s take it back 200 years
To the 1800s up in here
When we only had two hundred and ninety
CO2 parts per million in the atmosphere
We had one billion Homo sapiens
On the planet tryin’ to get their groove on
And soon lots of them would
Thanks to industrial revolution
Joseph Fourier was a Frenchman
A physicist and a mathematician
He discovered the fact that the atmosphere
Acts like a blanket for heat retention
The greenhouse effect, first described
In 1824 – visible light
From the sun meets little resistance inbound
‘Cause the size of the wavelengths is hella tight
But then when it hits the earth it emits
Infrared radiation, with longer waves
And they get trapped and bounce back when they
Try to escape on their way back up into space
In the 1860s, John Tyndall
Investigated methane and CO2
And water vapour to see whether any of them block
Infrared radiation, and they all do
But methane and water vapour don’t stick around
In the atmosphere for long, it took a Swedish
Genius to identify carbon dioxide
As a regulator, Svante Arrhenius
1896, Svante did the math
If you double the level of CO2 gas
You get a 5 - 6 degree temperature increase
All across the map

In the greenhouse
We heated it up
Now we gotta figure it out
And though we may not be around
When it all goes down
I know that what we
Do now will live on
And on and on and on

In 1927 Arrhenius died
A celebrated Swedish civilian
And three years later the population
Of planet earth exceeded two billion
In 1938 a British engineer
By the name of Guy Callendar
Discovered a rise in carbon dioxide
And also measured a rise in temperature
In 1958 Roger Revelle
Demonstrated that the oceans couldn’t take care of it
He said: “Humans are now carrying out
A massive geophysical experiment”
In 1960 Charles Keeling
Did some measurements on Mauna Loa
Of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
And every year the level appeared to go up
It was rising at a steady rate, the same rate
As emissions from us burning oil and coal
Also in 1960, the population
Hit three billion souls
And it only took fifty six years to get
More than seven billion in the same boat
All hooked on fossil fuels like a drug
And how we gonna quit, huh? Just say no?
We started at under three hundred, now it's
More than four hundred parts per million
And it can't go up much more before
A bunch of tipping points get to kickin' in
So either we set a carbon budget
With a fixed cap, and we stay within the limit
Or else we can expect a catastrophic
Greenhouse effect, and that’s physics


In the greenhouse
We heated it up
Now we gotta figure it out
And though we may not be around
When it all goes down
I know that what we
Do now will live on
And on and on and on

Homo sapiens, live on and on
Primates, live on and on
[Various organisms] live on and on
Parasites, get squashed

credits

from The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos, released September 30, 2016
Written by D. Brinkman, T. Caruana and A. Ross
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Chorus vocal production by Lin Gardiner
Keys by Simon Kendall
Guitar by Tom Van Deursen

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