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.