Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Climate Watch: Even More Experts Weigh In

In a conference more global warming experts sound alarm over lack of world and specifically American action on the climate change threat. (WaPo)

Alarm Sounded on Global Warming
Researchers Say Dangers Must Be Addressed Immediately
By Juliet Eilperin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 16, 2004; Page A09

Ten of the nation's top climate researchers warned yesterday that policymakers must act soon to address the dangers associated with global warming, which they described as a looming threat that will hit hardest and soonest at the world's poor and at farmers...

The day-long conference, organized by Donald Kennedy, editor of Science magazine, and Albert Teich, director of science and policy for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was aimed at convincing the public and politicians that there is ample evidence that the buildup of carbon dioxide is transforming ecosystems worldwide.

Bush administration officials have consistently sparred with environmentalists on how hard it should crack down on carbon dioxide emissions and other heat-trapping industrial and tailpipe gases. In 2001, Bush opted out of the Kyoto agreement on global warming, which would have forced the United States to impose stricter limits on greenhouse gases, on grounds that it would cost American jobs and exempt developing countries from the new standards.

Kennedy called climate change "the most serious issue" we face and said the scientific community must "make a clear expression" on the subject.

The academics emphasized that if international leaders do not act soon, they will not have the option of reversing global warming. David S. Battisti, who teaches at the University of Washington, said it is "a huge risk" not to curb greenhouse gases.

"You have to start doing things now," he said. "To undo it or stop it is not possible."

The article also mentions that among other threats there could be eight million people displaced in Bangladesh by the rise of sea levels by half a yard. However I'm more worried about the millions of Americans that will be displaced. Can you say goodbye Florida? To put it into perspective if the ice sheets were to melt the water levels might rise by more than a dozen feet. Yikes!

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