Perhaps we need to contextualize our carbon dioxide production by comparing it to something else with similar bogglingly-big numbers: space.
To place human greenhouse-gase production into an astronomical context, I assembled a few choice comparisons into a convenient infographic. See it below the fold.
Punchline for the impatient: we produce a lot of CO2. One Halley's comet every decade, and one Martian atmosphere in 200-700 years (depending on assumptions about growth).
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Alex H. Parker