At last, an opportunity for a decent post on this blog. Busy times, alas not much writing! I’ll be changing that situation very soon (plus – hopefully – an e-book of three short stories on Kindle.)
As for the world of impending environmental crisis, it seems that there have been yet more developments over the Climate Change theory. You may or may not have heard of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC for short.) This is the body that was set up by the UN to monitor the problem. Reviled by the climate-change sceptics as the doyen of the ‘international left-wing-liberal-green-whathaveyou conspiracy’ which has the aim of undermining Western capitalism and industrial society (sic), this international organisation has been accused in the past of peddling untruths in order to further its cause.
So no doubt its report is going to be met with the usual barrage of indignant disbelief from the sceptics. Apparently, the latest revelation from the IPCC is that there is a high probability that the number of extreme weather incidents (as have been seen recently, including the United States) will increase as temperatures rise. This could cause widespread economic and social disruption. They also report that there is a 66% chance that warming is caused by human activity, largely through fossil fuel combustion. This article in the Washington Post explains more.
I suspect this could largely fall on deaf ears once again. The latest Climate Change summit is due to take place soon but (call me a cynic), I can’t see there being much movement in the right direction. Meanwhile, the world’s sole superpower seems to be running next year’s Presidential election on the basis of ‘denial’ to win votes (well, certainly amongst the Republicans.) The fact of the matter is that America (nor anyone else) can afford to ignore this prestigious body of opinion for much longer. One hundred scientists apparently have contributed to this report. Daniel Yergin may or may not have undermined peak oil, but I don’t think he could take so much of a hatchet job to Climate Change. Humanity, I think its time to wake up!
Until the next time…