No Time for Further Climate Change Dithering
Scientists at Britain's MetOffice Hadley Centre have confirmed what many of us suspected. Given continuing delays in real efforts to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, the world will almost certainly exceed two degrees Celsius of warming above pre-industrial levels, the point near where it is generally considered global heating will become particularly dangerous. And this does not fully factor in the potential for high impact events with greater levels of current uncertainty such as the melting of Greenland's ice [search], melting permafrost [search], rainforest die-back [search] and/or melting ocean methane [search] to cause abrupt, run-away climate changes [search].
Global warming's impact is expected to be like a nuclear war, yet where is the urgent policy response? The world is decades behind the curve in instituting actual actions to reduce emissions, and yet the world's leaders still dither. Global climate leader Germany informs us it will take time to achieve a successor Kyoto deal. Fighting for his political life, Prime Minister Howard of Australia achieves “aspirational goals” rather than binding commitments for emissions reduction [search] during their hosting of this week's APEC meetings. International policy responses to climate change continue to limp forward as global warming tightens its grip upon the Earth, her ecology, and her humanity and species.
Emission reductions must commence with all haste in late 2007 in Bali, Indonesia, if the human family is to have any chance of maintaining the Earth's climatic and biosphere systems.