Great Global Warming Video at 350.org

by Robert Nagle on 3/1/2009

in World Affairs

Wow, the 350.org people have produced a great nonverbal video about global warming. (More info)

Remember my money quote from a week ago:

US produces 6.0 million metric tons annually and EU produces  4.0 million metric tons annually, China+ Taiwan produces 7 million metric tons annually, and both Russia and India over around 1.5 million. Ponder that. EU has 25% more people, the same total GDP but 67% of our carbon emissions. This is sad.

See also: how to talk to a climate skeptic  and Skeptico on the logical fallacies that global warming denialists use.

John Kerry on Will’s misleading columns about global warming:

No matter how the evidence has mounted over two decades — the melting of the arctic ice cap, rising sea levels, extreme weather — the flat earth caucus can’t even see what is on the horizon. In the old Republican Congress they even trotted out the author of Jurassic Park as an expert witness to argue that climate change is fiction. This is Stone Age science, and now that we have the White House and the Congress real science must prevail. It is time to stop debating fiction writers, oil executives and flat-earth politicians, and actually find the way forward on climate change.

From the statements by Nobel prize winner Stephen Chu that sparked the controversy:

Chu warned of water shortages plaguing the West and Upper Midwest and particularly dire consequences for California, his home state, the nation’s leading agricultural producer.
In a worst case, Chu said, up to 90% of the Sierra snowpack could disappear, all but eliminating a natural storage system for water vital to agriculture.
"I don’t think the American public has gripped in its gut what could happen," he said. "We’re looking at a scenario where there’s no more agriculture in California." And, he added, "I don’t actually see how they can keep their cities going" either.

A pair of recent studies raise similar warnings. One, published in January in the journal Science, raised the specter of worldwide crop shortages as temperatures rise. Another, penned by UC Berkeley researchers last year, estimated California has about $2.5 trillion in real estate assets — including agriculture — endangered by warming.

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