Sunday, December 06, 2009

Copenhagen editorial to run in 56 papers world wide tomorrow

56 newspapers to run editorial on climate change tomorrow, coinciding with the start of the Copenhagen talks. The full text of it is Here. Excerpts:

"The science is complex but the facts are clear. The world needs to take steps to limit temperature rises to 2C, an aim that will require global emissions to peak and begin falling within the next 5-10 years. A bigger rise of 3-4C — the smallest increase we can prudently expect to follow inaction — would parch continents, turning farmland into desert. Half of all species could become extinct, untold millions of people would be displaced, whole nations drowned by the sea. The controversy over emails by British researchers that suggest they tried to suppress inconvenient data has muddied the waters but failed to dent the mass of evidence on which these predictions are based.


At the deal's heart must be a settlement between the rich world and the developing world covering how the burden of fighting climate change will be divided — and how we will share a newly precious resource: the trillion or so tonnes of carbon that we can emit before the mercury rises to dangerous levels.

Rich nations like to point to the arithmetic truth that there can be no solution until developing giants such as China take more radical steps than they have so far. But the rich world is responsible for most of the accumulated carbon in the atmosphere – three-quarters of all carbon dioxide emitted since 1850. It must now take a lead, and every developed country must commit to deep cuts which will reduce their emissions within a decade to very substantially less than their 1990 level."

A quick search of the web provided a confirmation of what the graphic accompanying the story looked to be saying: the Miami Herald and its sister paper the Nuevo Herald are the only papers in the United States to be running this. It looks like the Sarah Palins of the United States have gotten the best of sane, non-idiotic, policies of reducing consumption in order that we don't fucking die.

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