Wednesday, November 01, 2006

be afraid people, be very afraid...

first: everyone needs to see "an inconvenient truth" if you haven't already.
from the daily kos:
"The devastating Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change , released in Britain on Monday, should have gotten hour-long segments on television news and three-inch headlines in the U.S. No surprise that it didn't. If you took the time to drill down in what coverage there was here, you could see exactly what the Bush Regime is not doing."
The level in the atmosphere of carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, stood at 280 parts per million by volume (ppm) before the Industrial Revolution, in about 1780. The level of CO2 in the atmosphere today stands at 382ppm

£200bn, or 1 per cent of global GDP, must be spent every year to get carbon dioxide levels to "stabilise" at 550ppm.

This figure will rise as world GDP increases, and could be three to four times as large by 2050

40 per cent of the world's species would face extinction if temperatures rose by 2C

200 million people are at risk of being driven from their homes by flood or drought by 2050

6C is a "plausible" estimate of how much world temperatures could rise by the end of the century if greenhouse gas emissions are unchecked

60 million more Africans could be exposed to malaria if world temperatures rise by 2C

35 per cent drop in crop yields across Africa and the Middle East is expected if temperatures rise by 3C

200 million more people could be exposed to hunger if world temperatures rise by 2C

550 million more people could be at risk of hunger if world temperatures rise by 3C

4 million square kilometres of land, home to one-twentieth of the world's population, is threatened by floods from melting glaciers

35,000 Europeans died in the 2003 heatwave, an event likely to become "commonplace"

4 billion people could suffer from water shortage if temperatures rise by 2C

3 people who played with me:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously jazz, if you don't stop blogging politics, I just might de-blogroll you.

11/01/2006 12:23 PM  
Blogger Percy said...

go for it jazz. the more people realize something important is happening this election, maybe more people will vote.

no sex until you vote.. that is my motto!

11/01/2006 3:41 PM  
Blogger piedmichael said...

And HM Government can't do this alone. They are going to introduce green taxes to try to get us to contribute our share of the cuts in greenhouse emissions, but these cuts - if we achieve them - will be negated by China's increase over the same period. The whole world has to work on this one, and give credits to emerging economies like China and India and Brazil, so that we do not exceed the lower forecasts in the report. What will cost us 1% of GDP now will rise to 10% - 20%. So we do all need to recognise this now... but mainly America.

11/02/2006 8:13 AM  

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