Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Stern report

A former senior economist at the World Bank, Sir Nicholas Stern, publishes a 700 page report on global warming tomorrow. It is the first comprehensive look at the consequences of the impending climate change by an internationally respected economist, making the argument that global warming will be potentially disastrous for the global economy, unless billions of dollars are spent immediately on reducing emissions. Stern argues that nations must address the issue via a set of international agreements, using a mixture of green taxes and carbon off-setting measures. As an article by Mark Lynas in a recent New Statesman suggested, the planet is around one degree centigrade away from being in unknown territory - never having been as hot as this in millions of years, it is difficult to predict what will happen. What is looking likely is that our children will reach adulthood in a world without an Arctic ice cap (it is predicted all the ice will melt in the next couple of decades).

This comes only a few days after a report that the Gulf Stream - the current that keeps Northern Europe at a relatively warm and wet climate instead of the cooler and drier one it would have without it - stopped for a few days last year. Oceanographers and climatologists still cannot work out why such a huge volume of warm current flowing at millions of litres per second could stop. The worst-case scenario is that in time, the Gulf Stream will halt, leading to dramatic climate change across Europe.

The question is not how much Britons will feel the crunch on the domestic front, as it becomes increasingly expensive to drive a car (especially a big car), as the price of all-year round fruit and veg from the local supermarket rockets upwards and foreign holidays become more expensive etc. but whether the American government embraces the report's findings. So far, I've found nothing in the US press about the report. In stark contrast to the British Press, the US media seems to be oblivious. And yet hyper-consumptive gas-guzzling America is where the really dramatic change in lives is going to have to come. Let's see if the report gets any airplay stateside in the next few days..


ExtrovertedPrude 2:30 pm  

hehehe...jeremy, think of an introverted freak…what an exciting oxymoron! Therefore, one can be an extroverted prude. I think the most pleasure is gained by and with the person discovering the real freak beneath the prude. And it does not have to be sexual. And i can assure all anti feminists out there that extroverted prude loves the male species...but loves equality just as much, if not more.

Did you live or go to Uni in Hull? I wouldn’t go as far as saying I love Hull, but I’ve definitely got a soft spot for the town and anyone affiliated with it.

Thanks for stopping by mine. Take care and see you around!

Shango,  10:38 pm  

Global warming, global schwarming. Bollocks to it all! The US will not artifically hamstring its economy so some green smelly hippies feel better about us. And cutting down on emissions will be hamstringing the economy.

Let's actually live up to our reputations, for once: we don't care what the rest of the world thinks anyway, so fuck 'em.

Try getting China or Russia to stop using as much fuel as it does now and get back to me, if you get out alive.

Talatu-Carmen 10:38 pm  

thank you for posting this. This is actually the first place I found out about this crash. Now, it's a flurry of emails and calls to friends in Sokoto. I'm terrified that someone I know will have been on the flight. Very upsetting news, but thank you for posting. For some reason it had not made it to the Google alert headlines for Nigeria before I read your post. Thank you.

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