Arctic Inuit blame U.S. for global warming, take case to human-rights commission

Thu, 2007-03-01 09:57Bill Miller
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Arctic Inuit blame U.S. for global warming, take case to human-rights commission

The Inuit, also known as Eskimos, have been trying to tell the world for more than a decade about the shifting winds and thinning ice that have damaged the hunting grounds Northern people have used for thousands of years. Scientists generally agree the Arctic is the first place on Earth to be impacted by rising global temperatures.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, nominated with former vice-president Al Gore for a Nobel Peace Prize for their work on climate change, will present their case at a hearing of the commission, which is an arm of the 34-member of the Organization of American States. They have little chance of a breakthrough but hope to score moral and political points.

Scientists say unless developed nations such as the U.S.— responsible for one-fourth of world's greenhouse gases — do not dramatically reduce emissions within the next 15 years, Arctic ice likely will melt by the end of the century.

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Read the moving testimony from the human rights hearing by Sheila Watt-Cloutier and the legal analysis of Martin Wagner, from Earthjustice.

http://climatechange3000.blogspot.com

She should also look into idea of polar cities. google the term. Wiki it.

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Problems caused by climate change are likely already dangerous and global warming may be irreversible, according to a draft science report by a United Nations committee.

The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) report, leaked earlier this week to a number of major media organizations, said continued greenhouse gas emissions caused primarily by burning oil, coal and natural gas will probably increase the likelihood of  “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”

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