Monday, February 19, 2007

Do-Or-Die-Decade News

Devastating Climate Change: “The world's scientists yesterday gave their starkest warning yet that a failure to cut greenhouse gas emissions will bring devastating climate change within a few decades … An average global temperature rise of 4C would wipe out hundreds of species, bring extreme food and water shortages in vulnerable countries and cause catastrophic floods that would displace hundreds of millions of people. Warming would be much more severe towards the poles, which could accelerate melting of the Greenland and west Antarctic ice sheets.”,,2005116,00.html

To download a summary of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 report:

"It's suicidal," says Elizabeth Kolbert, author of “Field Notes from a Catastrophe.” She writes: “as the latest I.P.C.C. report makes clear, change is not something that anyone at this point has a choice about. All that is at issue—and it is critically at issue—is how disastrous the change will be. Already enough CO2 has been pumped into the air to alter life on earth for thousands of years to come. To continue on our current path because the alternative seems like too much effort is not just shortsighted.”

The counter-reaction began as soon as the report was issued – the clearest clarion call yet for urgent action – According to the UK Guardian: “Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today.” Not surprisingly the call came from a U.S. conservative think-tank, the American Enterprise Institute, which got $1.6 million from Exxon Mobil. AEI “offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Travel expenses and additional payments were also offered.”,,2004397,00.html

$25 million to cleanup CO2. On Friday February 9, 2007 tycoon Richard Branson, with Al Gore at his side, announced his prize “for the first person to come up with a way of scrubbing greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere.”

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