Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Eight Years to Save the World

People needs deadlines. Unfortunately, they now have one for climate change - 2015. Scientists on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a devastating report on greenhouse gas emissions. In the report, they concluded that we have until 2015 to roll back emissions and limit global warming's effects to a manageable rise. Short of that, our generation risks climate changes that may melt enough ice to flood many coastal areas of the world on a regular basis. Shanghai, Mumbai, and Florida are low enough where they are in danger. I shutter to think what consistent flooding to Shanghai or Mumbai would do to the development of China and India, respectively.

Mother Earth and our generation now face the mother of all time constraints. Hopefully, this timetable will spur business and governments to make the necessary hard decisions to safeguard society. We are quickly running out of time to merely bear witness; the time for action has long since come and we need to ask ourselves what we can do before it is too late ... if it is not already.


Blogger dr.kiss.tibor said...

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best is now.” Chinese proverb.

Maybe the deadline is now.

Sunday, June 17, 2007 1:30:00 PM  

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