A Last Chance for Civilization

In TomDispatch.com, Bill McKibben writes: "Even for Americans, constitutionally convinced that there will always be a second act, and a third, and a do-over after that, and, if necessary, a little public repentance and forgiveness and a Brand New Start - even for us, the world looks a little Terminal right now."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/051108H.shtml

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CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS TODAY Civilization's

Last Chance: Major Greenhouse Gas Emission Cuts (and Even Removals) Needed Immediately

Climate Ark a project of Ecological Internet, Inc. http://www.climateark.org/ -- Climate Change Portal

May 11, 2008 OVERVIEW & COMMENTARY by Dr. Glen Barry, Ecological Internet

Bill McKibben writes in "Civilization's last chance" (below) the best summing up of the known threats facing humanity now from climate change if major emission cuts are not pursued immediately. His latest campaign efforts highlight the number 350, which he calls "the most important number on Earth" because of scientific understanding that if carbon emissions are not stabilized at 350 ppm, it will not be possible "to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed."

It has been noted here that at 383 ppm we are already well past this threshold, and thus achieving 350 ppm will require gargantuan efforts if we are to survive much less prosper
( http://www.climateark.org/blog/2007/12/have_we_gone_to_far_re_dangero.asp ). The McKibben piece is a clarion call that long predicted limits to growth have arrived and the fate of civilization depends upon urgent massive emission cuts now, tomorrow, next year and certainly for the years and decades well before 2050 as is being proposed. g.b.

To comment: http://www.climateark.org/blog/2008/05/major_ghg_emission_cuts_needed.asp



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