The New York Times lead editorial on Saturday, May 5, was very clear. The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has issued three reports this year. The first, in February, blamed human activity for rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The second report, issued in April, warned of weather and ecological disasters unless emissions were brought under control. Sounds pretty dire, doesn't it? Well, the third report has been released and it "asserts that significant progress toward stabilizing and reducing can be achieved at relatively low cost using known technologies."

As Bob De Niro said in the classic film, "Taxi", "Are you talkin' to me?" I think they are. The reach of the web is very long and fast, and I think ABG readers tend to be well informed, influential members of their respective communities. It is a question of numbers. The real world is still a massive place with billions of people, many of whom (about 5 billion) don't contribute very much to global warming at all. They don't have electric power, or clean water, or petroleum powered vehicles. It is those of us who do who have take to heart the message of this third IPCC report. That seems to me what ABG is all about anyway.

[Source: NYT]



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