8/11/2005

Daily Kos: Global Warming reaching 'tipping point'?

Global Warming reaching 'tipping point'?
by Jerome a Paris [Subscribe]
Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 05:43:55 CDT

Take a look at these headlines:

Warming hits 'tipping point' (Guardian)


Siberia feels the heat It's a frozen peat bog the size of France and Germany combined, contains billions of tonnes of greenhouse gas and, for the first time since the ice age, it is melting

It's got hotter in the city (WWF)


a new report from WWF, analyzing summer temperature data from 16 EU cities, shows the continent's capitals warming by sometimes more than 2°C in the last 30 years.

WWF's report highlights the likelihood of more frequent and intense heatwaves, droughts and rainstorms as average temperatures increase, the kind of events expected as a result of global warming.

It emphasizes that the power sector has fuelled a major part of this hike in temperatures, being responsible for 37 percent of man-made CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels, mainly coal.

We get new terrifying stories almost daily now; we feel the consequences ourselves on the weather; meanwhile, we hear stories like this one:


Europe urged to invest in refineries or face 50m ton diesel shortfall by 2015

"There's going to be such a shortage (of diesel) that at the moment there's no answer to (it), because there's just not enough investment being planned to meet this," said Aileen Jamieson, the project manager for the study.
In recent years, European countries have taxed diesel at a lower rate than petrol to encourage drivers to switch - diesel engines are more fuel efficient and can be cleaner than petrol counterparts.

The study suggests that European governments may have become victims of their own success - particularly as it projects a relative glut of petrol in 10 years' time.

And what's happening in Washington: the pork laden Energy Bill and Highway Bill, discussed elsewhere, but which can only exacerbate the problem, while ignoring it almost completely.

Do we actually need a 10,000 casualty hurricane to really do something about our consumption habits???

Daily Kos: Global Warming reaching 'tipping point'?

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