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Posted by: atowhee | June 19, 2013

CLIMATE AND MONEY

The world bankers from the World Bank are worried. Necessarily fixated on reality, not just ideology, these bankers see the effects (already) from climate change. They don’t like what they see. More floods. More energy in the weather system means more extreme storms and temperatures. Higher sea levels. Worse droughts. All this, says World Bank, is bad economic news. Disasters are not good business, say the bankers. Here’s summary of their concerns.
Interestingly, Preident Obama talked climate change in Berlin today.
“In the United States, we have recently doubled our renewable energy from clean sources like wind and solar power. We’re doubling fuel efficiency on our cars. Our dangerous carbon emissions have come down. But we know we have to do more — and we will do more.”
Here’s the transcript of Obama’s speech today. The global warming section is many paragraphs in. “Climate change” was a phrase un-uttered.

Lots of words. Little serious action.

Meanwhile, coral reefs continue to die. The ocean acidifies, Northern Hemisphere glaciers disappear. French wineries buy land in southern England. Birds change their wintering ranges, moving northward in North America. Food prices rise around the planet. More and more ground water is used for irrigation. China is planning history;s largest water project to get water from the Yangtze to the arid northern provinces. Meanwhile, lobbyists, anti-intellectuals who refuse to recognize science and political inertia block serious global efforts to stop population growth. Resource consumption produces a constant increase in CO2 and methane into the atmosphere to the detriment of all crreatures great and small. As China, India and Brazil try to mimic the resource consumption of Europe and U.S. our trashing of the planet accelerates.
In the end climate change will be a true test of whether our collective human hubris has any limits…or will we make our planet uninhabitable for our own species? Clearly it is already too late for many species that are endangered under “normal” circumstance. The new normal on Earth will be brutal for any species that is not widepsread, mobile, agile or adaptable.

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