Saturday, June 21, 2003

Global warming massive crisis - US in denial
Alarming reports continue to arrive about the real seriousness of the global warming crisis: 'Global warming over the next century could trigger a catastrophe to rival the worst mass extinction in the history of the planet, scientists have warned. Researchers at Bristol University have discovered that a mere 6 degrees of global warming was enough to wipe out up to 95 per cent of the species which were alive on earth at the end of the Permian period, 250 million years ago. United Nations scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predict up to 6 degrees of warming for the next 100 years if nothing is done about emissions of greenhouse gases, principally carbon dioxide, the chief cause of global warming... Global warming author Mark Lynas, who recently travelled around the world witnessing the impact of climate change, said the findings must be a wake up call for politicians and citizens alike. He said: "This is a global emergency. We are heading for disaster and yet the world is on fossil fuel autopilot. There needs to be an immediate phase-out of coal, oil and gas and a phase in of clean energy sources. People can no longer ignore this looming catastrophe."'

Meantime, 'Democrat senators have accused the White House of "doctoring" [an EPA] report so that it does not challenge President George W Bush's view that global warming is of minor environmental importance... The draft of the EPA report was submitted to the White House earlier this year. But the amendments demanded by the president's staff were so extensive that the climate section "no longer accurately represents scientific consensus on climate change", according to an internal EPA memo quoted by the Associated Press news agency.'

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