Articles like this have zero impact on a population
that is concerned about daily survival or daily life.
They have no time for climate change
and the ones consuming the most
are not going to live simpley.
So here we go again...
The likely end of civilization is foreshadowed
in a new draft report by the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a generally conservative monitor.
The report concludes that increasing greenhouse gas emissions will have a
"severe, pervasive and irreversible impact for people and ecosystems."
The world is rapidly approaching a temperature where the the melting
of the ice sheet over Greenland which is vast, will be unstoppable;
sea levels will rise and major cities and coastal plains will flood.
A study in Science magazine warns that "even slightly warmer temperatures
will start melting permafrost, which will release greenhouse gases trapped in ice,
with possible fatal consequences."
The IPCC report reaffirms that the "vast majority" of known fuel reserves
must be left in the ground to avert intolerable risks to future generations.
Alberta...Is anybody out there?
Meanwhile the major energy corporations (Suncor/ Syncrude)
make no secret of their goal of exploiting the Tar Sands
and looking for more.
1. It's Happened Before
The beginning of civilization coincides closely with the geological epoch of the Holocene,
which began over 11,000 years ago.
A new epoch began about 250 years ago, The Anthropocene epoch, when human activity
impact on the physical world became significant.
One index of global warming is the extinction of species,
now estimated to be about the same rate as it was
65 million years ago when an asteroid hit the Earth.
This ended the age of the dinosaur, which opened the way for small mammals
to proliferate like you and eventually us.
Today humans are the asteroid that is condemning much of life to extinction.
"But we thought we were shooting stars."
Meanwhile The New York Times reports huge Midwestern grain stocks are rotting
so oil from North Dakota can be railed then shipped to Asia and Europe
while people are starving.You know.
Arundhati Roy suggests that the most appropriate metaphor
for the insanity of our times is the Siachen Glacier
where Indian and Pakistani soldiers
have been killing each other on the highest battlefield
in the world for years.
The glacier is receding and revealing "thousands
of empty artillery shells empty fuel drums, empty empties
ice axes, old boots, tents and every other kind
of waste that thousands of warring human beings leave behind."
And as the glaciers melt India and Pakistan face disaster
not only from each other but also Mother Nature.
"Hey c'mon I recycle"