Rich Nations Failing Climate, Time to Protest?!
Industrialized nations' emissions of greenhouse gases edged up to the highest level in more than a decade in 2004 despite curbs such as Kyoto meant to fight global warming. Emissions from 40 industrial nations climbed 1.6 percent since 2003 overall to 17.8 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide — mainly from power plants, factories and cars. It was always known Kyoto's tepid targets were clearly inadequate to achieve the 60-75% reductions in greenhouse gas emissions necessary to maintain a stable climate. The political system and entwined oil interests are simply not up to the challenge of decarbonizing the global economy. Increasingly other smaller political units, businesses and even individuals and small groups protesting are taking up climate leadership. In the UK protestors are now trying to shut down Europe's largest coal power station [more | more2]. If the world's coal is burned the atmosphere is over.