Feeling the Heat

We are witnessing a major shift in public opinion, as global warming has broken through the public's psyche. It is now widely accepted in even the United States that climate change threatens the well-being of the Planet and all its life. In recent weeks we have seen major outpouring of concern from business, leading scientific academies and even conservative politicians. The Senate is considering mandatory emissions reductions in their energy bill deliberations, and Prime Minister Blair of the UK is working hard to make climate change policy advances at the coming G8 summit. The extent to which the Bush administration lags on climate change leadership was embarrassingly apparent, as it was revealed that a Bush administration official had been inappropriately editing governmental climate reports. Thankfully, the attention is finally shifting from whether climate change is happening to what can be done. As California's governor put it, “We know the science, we see the threat, and we know the time for action is now.” There are no alternatives to dramatically and swiftly reducing emissions through energy efficiency and renewable energy development. More on these matters can be found in this New York Times' editorial. Global ecological sustainability depends upon swiftly addressing climate changes — and other symptoms of too many people and too polluting industry destroying life-giving ecosystems.

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2 Responses

  1. i says:

    dr. barry. first, your digital reporting is fantastic, filling a previous void in my understandign of what is happening on the earth.
    but i find the use of this quote troubling:
    “As California's governor put it, 'We know the science, we see the threat, and we know the time for action is now.'”
    that jackass hummer aficionado and king of auto-aggrandizement needs no pr help. this may be petty, but more quote-worthy people expound on climae change in the nytimes on a regular basis.

  2. garhane says:

    It is not a good idea to dismiss the much reviled body builder. He want to be presdident and there is nothng in his resume to suggest he is not likely to follow the best advice of very big money, whose favor he has long curried, to get there. This is a very big risk if it is wrong, and ther can be little doubt his handlers are guiding him on this as a sure-to-win policy. So the best advice that money can buy, the advice of the biggest money, is that climate will be very bad indeed in the near future, and mcuch worse again soon after that. We are going to have to learn quite a bit and very soon. Maybe some one will invent a game like truth or consequences based on environmental relay sequences so we can get into the swing of things.

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