The Most Important News Story of the Day/Millennium

From Common Dreams:  http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/05-8

by Bill McKibben
Published on Monday, December 5, 2011 by CommonDreams.org

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 we’ve all but lost the battle to reduce the damage from global warming. The planet has already warmed about a degree Celsius; it’s 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 it’s 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–it’s 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 hasn’t 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, they’re those of us who aren’t making any of these deadly decisions. In this world, they’re the vast majority of people who didn’t contribute to those soaring emissions. In this biosphere they’re every other species now living on a disorienting earth.

Complete article at:  http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/05-8

3 Responses to “The Most Important News Story of the Day/Millennium”

  1. Andrea B. Says:

    Obama won’t sign up to it.

    • Suzan Says:

      Neither will the Chinese or if they do they will lie about their participation.

      Obama is just a banker/corporate puppet. A product of marketing studies and selling techniques. He is to the fooking right of Reagan. Pat of the problem not part of the solution. But he is still better than the morons the Republi-Nazis are running.

  2. Andrea B. Says:

    True enough.

    However credit has to be given where it is due. China has built and installed more railways, solar units and wind units in China in the last five years than the rest of the planet combined, including Germany. At least china is making an effort and is starting to write new solar and wind tech into there planning rules at an increasing rate.

    In some parts of China building a house that completely green, will have the cost due to tax breaks. They are really putting there money where there mouths are.

    Also on the flipside, car traffic is increasing, creating massive levels of pollution. However the Shanghai authorites are seriously looking at car reduction and possibly even car exclusion from the city center as are other citues and to replace them with public transport..

    China is a mixed bag at present. However they are making serious efforts to go in the right direction. They are pulling in a lot of German know how in this area. The sheer scale of the problem is issue they have to face the most.


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