-Elizabeth Kolbert, staff-writer for The New Yorker
According to Earth's CO2 website the world's level of CO2 for September was 384.78. A week after the end of October we will have the numbers for October. The crucial threshold is 350 parts per-million (ppm) in the atmosphere. Past 350 and it is time to get concerned but past 400 it will be time to get very concerned. Once past 400 ppm we enter unknown territory. Recent studies suggest that humans have never lived on the planet when the atmosphere had a level of 400 ppm of CO2. When the planet was last at 400 ppm or greater it was a drastically different planet and not hospitable to humans. Somewhere between 400 and 500 ppm we will see catastrophic effects on the planet. According to James Lovelock we will see a jump in the planets temperature of about 9 degrees. We will be moving towards a desert planet with humanity surviving at the extremes of the northern and southern hemispheres. If Lovelock's dire predictions are correct, and they will be true if humanity does nothing, the very reason for doing nothing will be business as usual, what will the consequences be? In Lovelock's book The Vanishing Face of Gaia Lovelock states "a 9 degree jump will trigger the collapse of global civilization". Those who deny and who say it isn't happening do so at their and our own peril and are refusing to learn the facts. The evidence is clear, the brightest minds have clearly stated that global warming is a man made phenomena and only man can reverse the course, the clock is ticking and time is running out.
***Is time to consider bringing back the draft?
With eloquence and grace Bill Moyers talks about Afghanistan and Americas experience in VietNam. It was a painful time in America. We got involved in a war, in a place, VietNam, where we couldn't win, at least not with the policies we were following at the time. Is it "time to bring back the draft and share the suffering"? It is a suggestion whose time has come. The dialogue on Afghanistan is heating up and after the health care legislation is behind us the two major issues facing America will be Afghanistan and climate change. What will it take to win in Afghanistan, how many hundreds of billions of dollars, how many men and women will it take, a million, two or even three? Is the price too high for the perceived benefits. Have we lost our focus on why we are there and is there alternatives?
Yankees won game three in Philadelphia. Pettitte pitched a great game, and got a base hit. Mo closed out the game. As I stated in an earlier post, the Yankees would not lose three games in Philadelphia and there is every possibility that they will win another game in Philadelphia now that Arod's swinging the bat the way he knows how. After the first game the Yankees fan's were calling sports talk radio, and were voices of doom. They were bemoaning the demise of the Yankees and declaring it was all over. O ye of little faith. The fat lady hadn't even warmed up her pipes and you were crying. Now of course they are all running around with their Yankee hats on celebrating a World Series victory that is yet to be won. It isn't over thankfully, there is still baseball to play. It will be exciting, the Phillies are a dangerous team and the struggle will continue. I think the Yankees will win but it will be a tough series and it is only just begun, enjoy the moment