OSLO: The world should cut the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to below that of 20 years ago, more deeply than most government plans, to avoid the worst of climate change, a group of 150 advocates said on Monday.
"We've gone too far -- in a dangerous direction," scientists, politicians, business leaders and others said in full-page advertisements in the Financial Times, the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and two Swedish dailies .
They said that concentrations of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas emitted by burning fossil fuels, should be cut to below 350 parts per million (ppm) of the atmosphere, well below current levels of 385 ppm.
Dairy farmers are feeling hard done by, says a rural lobbyist who says a key issue of the coming general election is the right of farmers to continue to produce food.
"We have been under constant attack for being dairy farmers," Federated Farmers dairy leader Frank Brenmuhl said in notes for a speech to a federation conference in Christchurch tomorrow (SUBS: Wednesday).
He said election year was when politicians made promises, touted the benefits they had wrought, and when political parties, "try to influence the public in order to justify their existence".
Dairy farmers were being held responsible for greenhouse gas emissions that the could do little about without reducing food production, he said.
The Carbon Sense Coalition today called for the preparation of independent Economic and Environmental Impact Statements before Australia or New Zealand introduced an Emissions Trading Scheme.The Carbon Sense Coalition today called for the preparation of independent Economic and Environmental Impact Statements before Australia or New Zealand introduced an Emissions Trading Scheme.
The chairman of “Carbon Sense”, Mr Viv Forbes, said it was staggering that politicians could consider such a huge speculative venture with no Prospectus, no independent economic assessment, no environmental impact statement, no due diligence and no sunset clauses.
Not surprisingly, the same outfits that have helped corporate greenhouse gas polluters spread disinformation about the science of climate change are none too pleased with NASA scientist Jim Hansen's call to try fossil fuel CEOs for crimes against humanity.
We received a comment about our earlier post today on Hansen's congressional testimony from someone calling themselves "climatestrategies." Though the Blogger profile is not public, we're guessing from the name that these are probably the folks behind Climate Strategies Watch, a project of the fossil fuel-funded climate change deniers at North Carolina's John Locke Foundation and the Heartland Institute of Chicago. The commenter wrote:
Experts say scope of the problem makes it hard for people to be optimistic
To Patricia Kremer, climate change is a runaway train carrying Earth toward a forbidding future.
”Just stop the train,” said Kremer, a retiring marine scientist who has witnessed the effects during her studies of the ocean's environments for 30 years. She and her husband, James, who is also about to retire from a career as a marine scientist and professor, work at the University of Connecticut's Avery Point campus.
The traditional American zeal which accompanied settlement — and the evangelistic crusade to tame and purify it — is being channeled into modern Environmentalism.
America has always been a frontier nation. The first settlers, faced with the daunting task of conquering a hostile continent, embarked on what can only be described as an epic quest, a Biblical venture to "be fruitful and multiply, and subdue the Earth." Fired with dreams of prosperity, idealism, and religious zeal, the early settlers set the nation on a course of expansion and settlement unprecedented in human history; Thomas Jefferson believed that it would take at least a thousand years to settle the newly-acquired Louisiana Territory, yet the land hunger and missionaristic spirit which inflamed so many of those coming to these shores drove Americans ever onward, filling the land in 1/10th that time. Many of those who would become settlers were particularly ill-suited to the venture, yet they doggedly pushed forward despite dangerous weather, hostile natives, drought, dust storms, floods, fires, and even locusts. They defiantly stared down the Plagues of Egypt and possessed the land.