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Greatest climate challenge may be overcoming ideology

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    I encourage people to join ClimateArchive and to forward articles they think will help others. I will do that but not as frequently as before because... Like
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2004
      I encourage people to join ClimateArchive and
      to forward articles they think will help others.

      I will do that but not as frequently as before because...

      Like the article says below,

      "because I'm getting tired of having to defend the
      science against conspiracy theorists and ideologues."

      Pat N

      --------- Forwarded message ----------
      From: "Tropical Green"
      To: ClimateConcern@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Thu, 01 Jul 2004 04:57

      Greatest climate challenge may be overcoming ideology
      June 30, 2004

      An op/ed by David Suzuki

      A friend asked the other day if I ever got tired of writing about
      environmental issues. Well, to be frank I'm getting pretty tired of
      writing about climate change. Not because it isn't interesting or
      important, but because I'm getting tired of having to defend the
      science against conspiracy theorists and ideologues.

      Lately, it seems the public has been burdened with yet another round
      of anti-global-warming conspiracy tales. It even became a federal
      election issue as parties debated whether or not Canada should adhere
      to our promise under the Kyoto Protocol to start reducing heat-
      trapping emissions � a promise supported by more than 80 percent of

      I'm not the only one who's sick of this nonsense. Donald Kennedy, the
      editor-in chief of the world's largest science journal, recently
      wrote in an editorial: "We're in the middle of a large, uncontrolled
      experiment on the only planet we have." And he concluded: "Our
      climate future is important and needs more attention than it's

      To help gain that attention and dispel any lingering myths, the
      American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the
      business-oriented Conference Board recently held a public forum on
      climate change. The two-day Washington, D.C., event included a panel
      of climate experts and Nobel laureates who discussed the current
      state of climate science and ways to help the public understand the
      urgency of the situation.

      As expected, the panel members concluded that there is no doubt that
      the world's climate is changing and that governments and consumers
      should take immediate steps to reduce the threat. The experts
      acknowledged that climate science isn't perfect and that questions
      remain but pointed out that current climate models are more likely to
      be too conservative rather then too generous with their predictions.

      Harvard geochemistry professor Daniel Schrag told the panel, "We
      cannot wait for a catastrophe to appear before we act because by then
      it would be too late." And he pointed out, "This should not be a
      partisan issue."

      He's right, it shouldn't be. We're beyond that now. Instead, we
      should be discussing the most effective and innovative ways to meet
      Kyoto and become a modern, efficient nation.

      Even big business is recognizing the need to act. Recently, the chair
      of Shell Oil told BBC news, "No one can be comfortable at the
      prospect of continuing to pump out the amounts of carbon dioxide that
      we are at present."

      And Toronto Star business columnist David Crane last week noted that
      Lord John Browne, CEO of BP, one of the world's largest oil
      companies, wrote recently in the journal Foreign Affairs that climate
      change is a serious issue which must be addressed and that meeting
      the Kyoto Protocol will not be nearly as difficult as some industry
      groups claim.

      If an oil baron like Lord Browne can acknowledge the importance of
      moving on this issue, and labor, medical, and religious groups all
      support the Kyoto Protocol, as do the vast majority of Canadians and
      the vast majority of scientists, why would anyone even entertain the
      notion of dropping out of the protocol? Canada would not only miss
      out on tremendous opportunities to become a more efficient, modern
      nation, but we would look regressive and backward on the world stage.

      How many scientists do we need to stand up and say, "Do something!"
      before our leaders take this issue seriously? Attacks against climate
      science are no longer just attacks against one group of hard-working
      researchers but are against science itself. The evidence of human-
      induced climate change is overwhelming. At this point, it's not only
      intellectually dishonest to claim that there is no need to be taking
      action on climate change, it's morally reprehensible.

      Related Link
      Take the Nature Challenge and learn more at www.davidsuzuki.org.
      Source: David Suzuki Foundation


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