Saturday, March 03, 2007

Bill McKibben on Global Warming

A good summary article on IPCC and global warming in general:

The UN climate-change panel’s new report is an opaque, conservative and nonpolitical document. Bill McKibben sums up its stark message: quick, deep cuts in fossil-fuel emissions are needed immediately.

For full text see ChinaDialogue

Does this conclusion offer hope that the US is ready to act?
The only really encouraging development is the groundswell of public concern that has built over the last year, beginning with the reaction to Hurricane Katrina and Al Gore’s movie. In January 2007, a few of us launched an initiative called It calls for Americans to organise rallies in their own communities on April 14 asking for congressional action. In the first few weeks the website was open, more than six-hundred groups in forty-six states registered to hold demonstrations -- this will clearly be the largest organised response to global warming yet in the United States. The groups range from environmental outfits to evangelical churches to college sororities, united only by the visceral sense (fueled in part by this winter’s bizarre weather) that the planet has been knocked out of whack. The IPCC assessment offers a modest account of just how far out of whack it is -- and just how hard we’re going to have to work to have even a chance at limiting the damage.

1 comment:

Edmund Ironside said...

Stampede!!! If you can get hundreds of thousands of people to have a visceral feeling about something, there's no telling what great accomplishments you can achieve. In the 20th century we had the massacre of 7 million kulaks who Lenin had a visceral feeling were standing in the way of communist nirvana. Lots of other other visceral feelings got millions killed. Visceral feelings are no indicator of anthropogenic global warming.