Monday, June 04, 2007

Global warming: Opening the floodgates

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Before the earth melts, we are going to see a lot of political heat first.

The issues of geopolitics are very complex and even the Iraq disaster with its brutal simplicity can be wrapped in the flag and muddied with patriotic manipulation. Global warming, however is very simple... As the renowned Mr. Little was heard to comment, "the sky is falling!" Except this time,
the sky is really falling.

What Bush doesn't seem to understand is that climate change could quickly turn into the political lightning rod to channel the universal hostility that has been building up
towards him since the invasion of Iraq ... and towards the country he represents.

Once the science is accepted by the majority of the world's population, then a very simple idea takes root: Bush is doing the same thing to the atmosphere that he is doing to Iraq... leading to massive anti-Bush, "save the planet," demonstrations worldwide: similar but more bi-partisan and probably bigger and more violent than the great "stop the war" demonstrations against the invasion of Iraq. DS

Global warming 'is three times faster than worst predictions' - The Independent

Abstract: Global warming is accelerating three times more quickly than feared, a series of startling, authoritative studies has revealed. They have found that emissions of carbon dioxide have been rising at thrice the rate in the 1990s. The Arctic ice cap is melting three times as fast - and the seas are rising twice as rapidly - as had been predicted. News of the studies - which are bound to lead to calls for even tougher anti-pollution measures than have yet been contemplated - comes as the leaders of the world's most powerful nations prepare for the most crucial meeting yet on tackling climate change.(...) The study, published by the US National Academy of Sciences, shows that carbon dioxide emissions have been increasing by about 3 per cent a year during this decade, compared with 1.1 per cent a year in the 1990s. The significance is that this is much faster than even the highest scenario outlined in this year's massive reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - and suggests that their dire forecasts of devastating harvests, dwindling water supplies, melting ice and loss of species are likely to be understating the threat facing the world. The study found that nearly three-quarters of the growth in emissions came from developing countries, with a particularly rapid rise in China. The country, however, will resist being blamed for the problem, pointing out that its people on average still contribute only about a sixth of the carbon dioxide emitted by each American. And, the study shows, developed countries, with less than a sixth of the world's people, still contribute more than two-thirds of total emissions of the greenhouse gas. On the ground, a study by the University of California's National Snow and Ice Data Center shows that Arctic ice has declined by 7.8 per cent a decade over the past 50 years, compared with an average estimate by IPCC computer models of 2.5 per cent. READ IT ALL

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