Saturday, November 17, 2007

Ugh, a new climate change report

Today the UN IPCC released its new report on climate change. I haven't read it yet, but the summary and the news reports indicate that it's not good. In fact, it's very bad. More importantly for our purposes, the residents of Little Planet Earth have to move much more quickly to limit the effects of climate change to the merely awful (as opposed to the catastrophic). It is unfortunate that the greatest carbon glutton is led by a man who makes Richard Nixon look good. (Tricky Dick. Oh god, I never thought I'd say that.) And Ronald Reagan could at least remember his lines, most of the time.

It's already clear that our government, and probably the next one, whether Republican or Democrat, isn't going to do what needs to be done. But I didn't expect that they would. What the IPCC report means, though, is that that political reality means that we are lost. We will long since have passed the point of no return before our political leaders are willing to impose the changes that would be necessary to save Little Planet Earth.

3 comments:

annot8 said...

I've read a couple of boks about climage change, and the other side of the coin is that sudden global climage change has happened int he past, and will very likely happen again, regardless of what mankind does, or does not. What do you think?

Anonymous said...

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C said...

I think your right when you talk about the political side of climate change.It really is that we are lost.