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Planet Under Pressure Conference in London – We’re getting close to irreversible climate changes…

While politicians argue with scientists, the climate actually goes on changing.. and not to our advantage. Reuters has been commenting on this conference that runs through tomorrow:

Global warming close to becoming irreversible-scientists

The world is close to reaching tipping points that will make it irreversibly hotter, making this decade critical in efforts to contain global warming, scientists warned on Monday.

Scientific estimates differ but the world’s temperature looks set to rise by six degrees Celsius by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions are allowed to rise uncontrollably.

As emissions grow, scientists say the world is close to reaching thresholds beyond which the effects on the global climate will be irreversible, such as the melting of polar ice sheets and loss of rainforests.

“This is the critical decade. If we don’t get the curves turned around this decade we will cross those lines,” said Will Steffen, executive director of the Australian National University‘s climate change institute, speaking at a conference in London.

It’s amazing how many of the best scientific minds see the problem, yet they are faced with huge negative concepts by the politicians who would have to vote in the bucks to make changes.

As we argue this out for the rest of the decade, we can watch the polar ice caps melt and the tropical rain forests dry up and many species that we rely on disappear.

It is up to us as individuals to push our representatives into dealing with the truth. Right?

Earth Day is coming up on Thursday… here’s a quote to think about.

“We simply can’t live on the new earth as if it were the old earth.  We’ve foreclosed that option.”

– Bill McKibben, the respected environmentalist and author                                                          of the pioneering “End of Nature.”

OK, now in order to get really serious about how we are going to have to think about living on this planet which McKibbon says is not dying but is already dead. The article in Salon called “Eaarth”: Earth is over, reviewing his new book, is scary… not just because he can pinpoint the problems but because he shows how our political and economic  situation as a world power keeps us from accepting the solutions. It’s worth reading.

More on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22nd, later.

Cartoon of the Week

Mike Luckovich in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Please, guys, get SOMETHING done!

It was close!

The vote for the American Clean Energy Security Act on the House floor came to an ultimate margin of a mere seven votes, 219-212. Despite the Republican leader Boehner’s over an hour “minibuster” on the 300 page Manager’s Amendment, despite 44 Democrats who sided with the Minority…and with 7 Republicans joining the Majority… the House has now passed the first step in attacking global warming and reducing pollution.

Now Obama’s Cap and Trade bill goes to the Senate, where it is likely to be equally as close. This will require more e-mails and calls from voters like us to our Senators. Everybody ready?