The climate change and it's effects that President Obama spoke about at the United Nations missed the mark. He focused on what we can perceive; the short term issues of crop yields, storm activities, glacial retreat, heat-waves and species extinction. The real issue is of far grater concern. If we allow the global temperature to raise by 2º centigrade and that number may be already too high then we begin runaway global warming that cannot be stopped.
There are many groups that are concerned with species and fauna extinction. The acidification of the oceans, coral reefs, the rain forests, butterflies, bees, bats etc, are in danger ant the effect it will have on the food supply. In a scenario where the food supply of the planet is reduced the poor die first the rich countries can pay for the worlds dwindling resources, but even that is not the ultimate danger. The real danger is human extinction. What President Obama should address is the extinction of our species. If we hit that 2º number and get runaway warming, all bet are off folks. We may have a hundred years; in the northern and southern latitudes two hundred years but then it will be all over for us as a species.
The planet will still be here, but we wont. We won't go out with a bang but with a whimper. This is the moment to change the course, but I doubt that the will and courage to act exists in the world. Emerging nations and third world countries wants their share of the worlds resources and want the opportunity to develop their industrial base at the expense of the climate. As the worlds population increases and climbs to nine billion, predicted by 2012, the demand for resources will stretch the already limited resources of the planet.
One of the factors that is preventing action is greed, industrial countries see acting to prevent global warming as a threat to profit. It is a short-sightedness. The oil and coal industries are only two of the contributors to global warming, coal fired plants around the world are contributing, automobile exhaust, and the list goes on. The paradigm of unlimited corporate growth is a key factor in the disaster that is global warming. Unlimited corporate growth and runaway population growth are a mixture of deadly proportions.
We will see in the next 20 years major natural disasters and it will only be a foreshadowing of things to come. Countries will cease to exist. Low lying countries such as the Maldives, Bangladesh, the delta regions of China, India, the Mississippi, will all be inundated as the oceans rise. "Within a thousand years there will be little evidence that we even existed on the planet". This is probably our last chance to change this dismal picture of the future and if we fail to act , well, then it is a sad commentary on the human species. We will have been one of natures experiments that failed and the next dominant species on the planet may well be the cockroach.
Thin Ice Katie Couric
CBS NEWS (circa 2007) Where are we today?
(AP) "The world has nudged closer to a nuclear apocalypse and environmental disaster, a trans-Atlantic group of prominent scientists warned Wednesday, pushing the hand of its symbolic Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight.
It was the fourth time since the end of the Cold War that the clock has ticked forward, this time from 11:53 to 11:55 — two minutes closer to the end of humanity — amid fears over what the scientists are describing as "a second nuclear age" prompted largely by atomic standoffs with Iran and North Korea."
"There's a realization that we are changing our climate for the worse," he said, "That would have catastrophic effects. Although the threat is not as dire as that of nuclear weapons right now, in the long term we are looking at a serious threat."
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Health care and the Baucus bill from MSNBC Countdown with Lawrence O'Donnell
The problem with the Baucus bill and how it fucks the American people and would place greater hardships on American poor and unemployed and a financial windfall to the health insurance companies.