Thursday, November 24, 2011

Greenhouse gases rise off the scale; Climate Change talks dismissed and attacked; but enjoy this Thanksgiving

 

Amidst the squabbling about delaying stricter GHG emissions, a new rash of stolen Climate scientist’s emails, refusing to adhere to an updated Kyoto Protocol, and probably a zillion other reasons why humanity as a whole shouldn’t and won’t act on Climate Change, the talks will go on at city of Durban, South Africa from November 28 – December 9th.

COP17 | CMP7 “The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol, will be held in the sunny city of Durban, South Africa.”

It is amazing to watch this human spectacle of denial. More reports continue on equating extreme weather events with Climate Change and more action by concerned citizens goes on to address Climate Change, but little will be done. As we all sit around the Thanksgiving table few will be so uncouth as to discuss the imminent demise of life on this planet via Climate Change. That’s because few, very few indeed, think we have reached any climate tipping points, where the climate just warms up beyond our ability to adapt or mitigate it. Few believe that extreme events are related to Climate Change. Actually, judging from mainstream media attention, few think about the Climate Change Crisis at all.

I suspect few around our Thanksgiving tables even know there is another IPCC Climate Change meeting, this time in Durban, South Africa. So, few will feel discouraged when the representatives of the leaders of the world fail again to come together and agree to lower greenhouse gases GHG so we can all have some kind of future. Few probably don’t believe that in order for all the Climate Change Action plans on a local—towns, cities, counties, states, and country—levels need to have world-wide agreement on lowing GHG in order for what they do to be worthwhile at all. Only a very few think Climate Change is more important than corporate-sponsored sports games, shopping like mad the day after Thanksgiving, or all the nonsense that fills our media today.

So, eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we …

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