While George W Bush pretends to take climate change seriously, yet only kowtows to a grain industry already forcing price rises in Third World Nations by a shortage of grain on world markets – oh, wow, Mister Andreas, your bank balance must be going through the roof! – the government of New South Wales, Australia has just received a scientific report it commissioned into the effects of climate change on the city of Sydney.
To say it was shocked by the report is to put it mildly.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization report says bluntly that if nothing effective is done to combat climate change and global warming, the city of Sydney is likely to be uninhabitable by 2070 – only slightly over half a century away. The state’s premier said it was a “doomsday scenario”, but one that had to be confronted.
Australia is already seeing the effects of global warming as it struggles with a drought that has lasted six years. Bush fires have devastated large areas. John Howard, the Australian prime minister, recently unveiled a $7 billion package to try and tackle the country’s water problems.
More from the BBC HERE.
Meanwhile, as George Monbiot reports in his Guardian column this week, US President George W Bush is sticking with technology to solve the climate problem, and keep his pals in the business industries happy. One idea, the government insists, is to launch mirrors, or clouds of small particles, into the atmosphere to reflect the additional sunlight radiation produced by carbon dioxide build-up. This idea was in a recent memo to the US Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It states that “modifying solar radiance” is an important insurance against the threat of climate change.
As Monbiot declares, “A more accurate description might be ‘important insurance against the need to cut emissions’.”
Other hair-brained schemes presently on George Bush’s desk include that of a group of nuclear weapons scientists from Lawrence Livermore laboratory in California who suggest “launching into the atmosphere a million tonnes of tiny aluminum balloons, filled with hydrogen, every year.
One effect of such a practice, Monbiot notes wryly, would be to “eliminate the ozone layer”.
Yet another scheme, this time from scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, suggests spraying billions of tonnes of seawater into the air. That, too, Monbiot concludes, would have devastating effects.
One positive note, Monbiot continues, is that the debate over global warming is well and truly over:
“On Friday the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change publishes the first instalment of its vast report, which collates the findings of the world’s climate scientists. Though conservative in its assumptions, it shows that if you persist in believing that there is no cause for concern you must have buried your head till only your toes are showing. If even George Bush now grudgingly acknowledges that there’s a problem, surely we’ve seen the last of the cranks and charlatans who had managed to grab so much attention with their claims that global warming wasn’t happening?”
It seems the only issue now remaining is to persuade George W Bush he can’t solve the problem by declaring war on Iran.
Read George Monbiot’s full article HERE.
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