As greenhouse-gas emissions continue to build in the atmosphere, nuclear power is emerging from the shadows in the struggle to curb climate change. More than a decade after a nuclear plant was completed in the U.S., the Bush administration now touts it as a possible solution and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change hasn’t ruled it out. And the U.S.’s leading nuclear research lab is working to render the controversial source a safe alternative to fossil fuels.
A new study says climate change will trigger a rise in respiratory ills and infectious diseases by 2020 in some countries, with malaria, cholera, diphtheria and dengue fever resurfacing in areas where they were eradicated more than 60 years ago.
In Alaska and northern Canada, the once-permanently frozen subsoil known as permafrost, which many native settlements rest upon, is now melting due to warming air and ocean temperatures. And sea ice that would normally protect coastal villages is forming later in the year, allowing fall storms to erode the shoreline.
A new report entitled “Whales in hot water?” says whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) face increasing threats from global warming as rising sea temperatures destroy polar habitats and undermine their food sources.
The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded today that it would cost .12% of the world's domestic product to substantially reduce our collective greenhouse gas emissions.
GDP of the world economy: US$60 trillion
.12% of $60 trillion: $70 billion
Total population of the earth: 6.5 billion
Cost per person to significantly reduce heat-trapping gas worldwide: $10 a year
Cost of saving the planet from droughts, famine, mass flooding, species extinction and rising sea levels: priceless.Note: I've revised the calculations here. From $110 to $10 per person.
Here's the math: $60 trillion/.0012/6.5 billion = 10 (rounded figures)
African governments must take speedy action to prevent drought in the already semi-arid continent due to global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said. Major threats include severe food shortages due to decreasing fish populations in large lakes because of rising temperatures.
Well-known denier Benny Peiser complains in a recent Reuters story that: “scientific journals refused to take papers from scientists who doubted climate change.”
Of course, this speaks to the worn-out claim that there is a grand scientific conspiracy to silence those who deny the realities of climate change. What if we assume instead that Peiser's unimpressive publication rate is a reflection of a “conspiracy” among journal editors to favour high quality research?