Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Kiss the Polar Bears Good Bye


Newsweek Magazine: "Climate Change: Politics and the Polar Bear Debate"

From article: "You've written that climate change is not a human problem and that humans can't do much about it. What about the other science that says, quite bluntly, that humans can help and that time counts?

Regardless of what causes [polar ice melt], the answer should be to protect land-based habitat [instead of sea-based], because frankly it is implausible to think the world is going to turn around the trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions when the leading emitter, China, wants nothing to do with it. India, an up-and-coming emitter, wants nothing to do with it, and neither does Russia. The stage is not set for a reverse of the trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions. So no matter what you do with that, it's not going to have any benefit to the polar bear at all because it's not going to happen. [Those countries] won't be bound by our Endangered Species Act."
This is one of the many sad truths of our future no matter what we now do. I'll be placing a note to myself in my safe deposit box with this article to be opened in 2028 to see how many polar bears are left in the world. And see how many are left out on the ice....if there are any. That we can/will be able to count them....that is/will be a sad fact in and of itself.

Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

~ Cree Indian Prophecy

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