Tuesday, January 25, 2005

How close to the tipping point?

I mentioned Rakendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in a post yesterday and he's back already, only with help. A task force of heavy hitters from around the globe say in a new report, Meeting the Climate Challenge, that we may have only 10 years before global warming becomes unstoppable and catastrophic. What that means is that the world as a whole has to start doing big things today to reverse global warming.

The irony is that the Bush administration pushed hard to elevate Pachauri to his current position because the previous chairman had been so vocal about the need for quick and dramatic action on greenhouse gasses.

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