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“The fundamental things apply”

November 20, 2007

Something that ought to be really important happened this weekend: the IPCC (the UN climate change research group) released the last part of its report.  It will, of course, only actually be important if anything changes because of it – and things probably will, when and how much is really the question.  But, basically, what the report said was that climate change is a bigger deal that they had said in previous reports, certainly human-relategw mug aftergw mug befored, that we have to deal with it immediately, and (on the positive side) that we can with current technology.  Specifically, if things keep up the way they’re going now we’re looking at a 6 degree change by 2030 (holy shit, the last prediction wasn’t supposed to be drastic till i was dead).  It includes some details on the fact that a degree change isn’t just about the way 100 degree summers feel different than 99 degrees (’cause hot and shitty is just hot and shitty), but has major reprecussions on things like sea level and biodiversity.

And solutions – there are solutions!  But people (that is, policymakers) have to get their heads out of their asses and do something about it.  After all, even our dear president said climate change exists.  Never mind that certain people knew that in the 70s.  The point is that now is not the time to disdain science, and now is not the time for the status quo.  I know disdaining science is one of the current administration’s (less publicised) favorite pastimes, and, fine, you can keep defunding non-military research and fuck up our future competitiveness (because clearly long-term is not their forte).  But we’re not talking long-term anymore, so let’s wake the fuck up.  And i know that the status quo is everyone’s favorite, but it’s not really an option right now.

Further reading: NY Times article, Editorial, the IPCC website

Lady Brett
“As Time Goes By” – Tony Bennett

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