Global warming threatens millions in teeming South Asia, study finds

Tue, 2008-03-25 16:13Bill Miller
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Global warming threatens millions in teeming South Asia, study finds

About 125 million people could be made homeless by rising sea levels due to a projected four-to-five degrees Celsius increase in global temperature this century.

Research released by Greenpeace said Bangladesh, Pakistan and India have almost 130 million people living in the coastal zone most vulnerable to sea-level rise, erosion and drought.

The study comes at a time of rapid growth throughout South Asia, not only in energy consumption but also population. Not surprisingly, nobody is suggesting cutbacks on either front.

The report paints a grim picture of Bangladesh’s 75 million people seeking refuge en masse, with a further 50 million migrants scrambling to higher ground in India from densely populated coastal regions.

And what did the report suggest as a way to minimize impact? “India should seek policy options that are proactive in terms of developing international strategies to reduce the risk of destructive climate change.” Not too clear, but certainly inoffensive.

And Greenpeace isn’t alone in not wanting to tread on certain toes. The Paris-based International Energy Agency was equally cautious a few months ago, when it refused to urge either India or China to curb energy consumption, although runaway demand in those countries will make it impossible to achieve meaningful emissions reductions.

China and India are the world’s most populous nations and their energy use is projected to double from 2005 to 2030. By 2030, they will account for nearly half the 55 per cent increase in global demand. Both have resisted calls to limit emissions, saying energy use per person is still much lower than in industrial nations.

The IEA, in essence, agreed: “China’s and India’s energy challenges are the world’s energy challenges, which call for collective responses.”

And that leaves us, where?

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Bill, that leaves the IPCC president, Dr ‘Rasputin’ Pachuari a massive global hypocrite because he endorses coal fired power stations to electrify Indias 500 million poor.

http://politvideo.com/Political-Videos/TV-Shows/HARDtalkAl-Gore-Dr-Pachauri-2.html

Now get on your calculators greenies and lovers of the IPCC because I make that Dr Rasputin and Al Gore fully endorsing power grids as big as Americas and Europes combined. Total hypocracy from your Green Gods? Turn a blind eye!!!

If you read the blog post again, you’ll find that Bill Miller was being critical of Greenpeace.

No, we don’t worship “Green Gods”. But I think you do worship “Smog Gods”.

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“Al `Fat Al’ Gore [is fat]” – Harold Pierce

What is Smog?

Your ideological colours are on full display now, JohnnyB, (as if they weren’t already).

which you seem to be missing, Johnnyb: Both have resisted calls to limit emissions, saying energy use per person is still much lower than in industrial nations. Until the industrialized world (in particular North America) gets moving & DOES SOMETHING about lowering our per capita emissions, why should they bother?

Fern Mackenzie

Greenpeace. Research.

Yeah, there’s your mark of quality. Not.

Some denialist wackos just can’t grasp the idea that the blog author was critical of Greenpeace.

(Then again, it’s well-known that authority-worshippers can’t grasp the idea that other people aren’t as authority-worshipping as them.)

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Frank Bi, http://tinyurl.com/yrpnmd
“Al `Fat Al’ Gore [is fat]” – Harold Pierce

I wonder if anyone besides me has noticed that the people who will be displaced by AGW are disproportionately young Muslims, who already have an axe to grind with the US for its occupation of Iraq. I wonder how many of them will go from just being pissed off to actively fighting for Al Quaeda when they lose their homes & jobs?

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