Saturday, February 03, 2007

Not Really News Anymore...

But since we still have so many who deny it, this is another slam on the people who claim global warming is a myth.
PARIS, Feb. 2 In a grim and powerful assessment of the future of the planet, the leading international network of climate scientists has concluded for the first time that global warming is “unequivocal and that human activity is the main driver, “very likely” causing most of the rise in temperatures since 1950.

"Very likely" is a key phrase.
In its last report, in 2001, the panel, consisting of hundreds of scientists and reviewers, said the confidence level for its projections was likely,” or 66 to 90 percent. That level has now been raised to very likely,” better than 90 percent. Both reports are online at www.ipcc.ch.

Remember that the next time some GOP tool like Rep. Dana Rohrabacher claims there is no consensus. The White House and many Republicans will claim to embrace this report while it is new. They'll say they are going to do something. Then as this new report, one of many, is slowly forgotten they will do nothing. Remember that because it may not be too late.
But their report, released here on Friday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said warming and its harmful consequences could be substantially blunted by prompt action.

Honestly, one step I see as maybe being in the right direction is President Al Gore. I know. I didn't vote for the guy in 2000, opting instead for Ralph Nader. But, I think the few years away have been good for him, and I really want him to run next year.

I was waiting to see how the petroleum-funded right-wing think tanks would react to this report. I have my answer.
Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today.

Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Travel expenses and additional payments were also offered.

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