Facing Deadly Global Heating in Oz
Did you hear the joke about how many Australians it takes to recognize climate change induced environmental ruin in the form of deadly drought and wildfires? Apparently more than the lackluster government can muster, as Australia refuses to implement rigorous climate change policies as it is being wracked by the “worst drought in a century [more | more2] with rampant fires devastating agricultural areas, rivers drying up, crops failing, and farmers forced to sell off their livestock.” Australia is an incredibly ecologically fragile continent, and Australians have been whooping it up for decades, unsustainably crapping on the atmosphere, rivers and land. It is absolutely crucial that Australia and the United States cease their obstruction of international climate change policy and ratify the Kyoto protocol (expect more activism in this regard here soon). Kyoto [search] is clearly inadequate to achieve the magnitude of emissions cuts necesary to save the Earth and human existence. But it does provide mechanisms that can and must be strengthened.