Friday, October 12, 2007

Go, Al!


Congratulations to Al Gore. Fox News and then a Republican critic on CNN were complaining about the award, wondering why his work qualified for a peace prize. Well, when people have sufficient food, clean water and a decent environment, just maybe they're a little less likely to go to war.

Meanwhile, more glum news:

An alarming report
Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide may already be above levels not expected for another decade or so, according to Tim Flannery:

Tim Flannery told Australian Broadcasting Corp. that an upcoming report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will contain new data showing that the level of climate-changing gases in the atmosphere has already reached critical levels.
Flannery is not a member of the IPCC, but said he based his comments on a thorough review of the technical data included in the panel's three working group reports published earlier this year.

Carola Traverso Saibante, spokeswoman for IPCC headquarters is in Geneva, said she was unable to disclose what would be in the final report synthesizing the data before it is released in November.

"What the report establishes is that the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere is already above the threshold that can potentially cause dangerous climate change," Flannery told the broadcaster late Monday. "We are already at great risk of dangerous climate change, that's what these figures say. It's not next year or next decade, it's now."

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