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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 06:03 AM
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The Most Important News Story of the Day/Millennium by Bill McKibben
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/05-8



The most important piece of news yesterday, this week, this month, and this year was a new set of statistics released yesterday by the Global Carbon Project. It showed that carbon emissions from our planet had increased 5.9 percent between 2009 and 2010. In fact, it was arguably among the most important pieces of data in the last, oh, three centuries, since according to the New York Times it represented almost certainly the largest absolute jump in any year since the Industrial Revolution.

What it means, in climate terms, is that weve all but lost the battle to reduce the damage from global warming. The planet has already warmed about a degree Celsius; its clearly going to go well past two degrees. It means, in political terms, that the fossil fuel industry has delayed effective action for the 12 years since the Kyoto treaty was signed. It means, in diplomatic terms, that the endless talks underway in Durban should be more important than ever--they should be the focus of a planetary population desperate to figure out how its going to survive the century.

But instead, almost no one is paying attention to the proceedings, at least on this continent. One of our political parties has decided that global warming is a hoax--its two leading candidates are busily apologizing for anything they said in the past that might possibly have been construed as backing, you know, science. President Obama hasnt yet spoken on the Durban talks, and informed international observers like Joss Garman are beginning to despair that he ever will.

Who are the 99%? In this country, theyre those of us who arent making any of these deadly decisions. In this world, theyre the vast majority of people who didnt contribute to those soaring emissions. In this biosphere theyre every other species now living on a disorienting earth.
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lbrtbell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 07:26 AM
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1. Thank China for this
Laughable emissions standards plus a lot more cars/factories equals a huge increase in emissions. :(

At least America makes a pretense of reducing emissions....
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mgc1961 Donating Member (874 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:53 AM
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2. Bill McKibben, good man.
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:52 AM
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3. I'm sure the Kardashians
will have some important ideas to offer on this critical subject. Or not.
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