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Climate change ‘seriously underestimated’ by UN

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The United Nations’ celebrated climate change panel has “seriously underestimated” the challenge of curbing global CO2 emissions, say Canadian and U.S. researchers.

Radical “decarbonization” of the global energy system is needed to stabilize emissions — a task that is much more daunting than the panel has led the world to believe, the researchers report in journal Nature today.

“The size of this technology challenge has been seriously underestimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,” say economist Christopher Green at McGill University in Montreal and his U.S. colleagues. The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for its work, showing how human activities are warming the climate system, with potentially catastrophic consequences.

And I thought the big issue was fighting the climate change deniers. It turns out that the growth of China and India has been much faster than anticipated. Now it seem to me that we also need to direct attention toward the fact that we were supposed to be doing something about this – and we haven’t. So not only is there faster growth in the developing world, but the developed world has, in general, shrugged and gone on as before. And Canada made all kinds of “commitments” which we did nothing about keeping: which pretty much sums up our foreign policy in general. Ask Mr Harper what he thinks and he will talk about the need for more economic growth for Alberta to offset the industrial decline in Ontario.

And I still see no plan of action to raise the Fraser dykes.

Written by Stephen Rees

April 3, 2008 at 8:16 am

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  1. lies,liars,and more lies!—- global (pollution ) warming ,get used to it!—–oh how green we are!——this phony green plan by premier (gargler ) campbell!———————more highways,more emissions,more industry more emissions, and does anyone consider that these meager (phony ) measures amount to next to nothing!—-how can we look the other way with countries buying our coal! natural gas,oil, raw resources, am I saying, ban all trade,NO—-but what I am saying is that the CO2 being emitted from our exports exceed our own emissions 10 fold– “are we nothing more than deniers! is gordos (aura ) going to keep green gasses away from our province,do we only supply URANIUM for nukes! do we only drive the train to the gas chambers! do we only load the bullets into the rifles of a firing squad! ” so I say,get used to no ice! get used to the weather! give me a politician who says, yea were gonna pollute, our emissions are going up,way up, give me roads,bridges,coal mines, lets clear cut,transmission wires all over the province, damn every river,to hell with the salmon,off shore oil and gas drilling, densify,multiply,ratify, and let the FUTURE GENERATIONS BE DAMNED! I would rather have the truth ,then have gordo (the gargler) campbell “pea on my leg and tell me its raining! ‘ SIGNED……………………………..THE LAST HOLOCAUST DENIER!

    grant g

    April 3, 2008 at 9:07 am

  2. If my parents stay where they are, they’ll be waterfront in no time! Some of the richest dwellings in the Lower Mainland will be decimated, however…

    Erika Rathje

    April 4, 2008 at 10:22 pm

  3. This is extremely significant; thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    There is some good analysis on this article on the Breakthorough blog, putting it into the context of other climate mitigation papers. (The blog is new to me; I won’t vouch for its accuracy.)

    In an article analyzing George Monbiot’s book, I wrote about the most famous of these, the Pacala & Socolow paper. Apparently, that paper had a built-in assumption that the carbon-intensity of energy would drop without any effort (as it has for several years now). As your article points out, that trend ended as China and India begin increasing their energy usage.

    Even without the China/India trend, stabilizing greenhouse gas levels and global temperatures was going to be tough. Now… it’s considerably harder.


    – David

    David Pritchard

    April 10, 2008 at 4:35 pm

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