MIT, HA! Just what does MIT know about anything away up there with all them weird accents and attitudes?
Another day, another proof of the desperate need to act on climate changeby David Atkins
MIT has a new report out on climate change
Copenhagen pledges will nearly stabilize emissions in the developed
countries, but global emissions will continue to grow rapidly.
change will accelerate with changes in global and regional
temperatures, precipitation and land use, and the world’s oceans will
warm and acidify.
- Population and income growth will fuel
a significant rise in the motorized vehicle fleet and increase CO2 and
other pollutant emissions, especially in developing regions.
further emissions cuts in developed countries would be useful, such
cuts will have less impact on global emissions over time.
Copenhagen pledges begin a transition to alternative energy in
developed countries and China, but they do not provide enough incentive
to create the full transformation needed within the energy system (i.e.,
wide-scale adoption of renewables, carbon capture and storage, nuclear
or alternative propulsion systems in vehicles) to avert dangerous levels
of climate change.
- While emissions from fossil fuels
are sizeable, other greenhouse gas and land use emissions are also
important and cannot be ignored if more stringent stabilization and
temperature goals are to be achieved. Reductions in these emissions are
often the most cost-effective. If policies to reduce them fail, a major
opportunity to limit climate change may be missed.
Check the graphs in the report. Very scary stuff.
most frustrating about all this is that humanity has three unique
challenges at this point: 1) an impending climate change disaster that
would require an international Apollo program-style, multi-industry
endeavor to switch to renewable energies; 2) a general economic malaise
with huge numbers of people out of work; and 3) international conflicts
centered around oil-producing regions of the globe.
These problems could all
be solved by an international economic focus on putting people to work
to develop renewable energy. People from research scientists to
engineers to laborers to white-collar professionals would all be
employable in the transition with real
, non-outsourceable jobs in every country on earth; a global climate disaster would possibly
be averted; and there would be no more need to bomb people in desert
countries that happen to have oil underneath them. Win-win-win. It's a
time of extraordinary potential for humanity.
But instead, the
world's best and brightest are obsessed with austerity measures to
protect the health of the parasitic financial services industry, while
allowing war and climate change to continue unabated.
grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to look back in
horrified shame, and the history books will use this era as the prime
example of obvious solutions ignored due to corruption and lack of
thereisnospoon 3/05/2012 02:59:00 PM