China, India, Brazil and other emerging nations must be persuaded not to expect sustainable growth without taking environmental degradation into account, says an editorial in Asahi Shimbun. While developed nations such as the U.S. bear greater responsibility for fighting global warming, it is also necessary to pinpoint the “differentiated” role cited by the UN for developing countries.
A United Nations conference has been urged to protect six World Heritage sites, including Mount Everest and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, from global warming. Campaigners hope to persuade the group to reverse last year's decision to reject cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions.
As forecast, China has overtaken the U.S. in carbon-dioxide emissions due largely to China’s heavy reliance on coal. Another factor is its well-publicized population of 1.3 billion. But per-capita emissions are much higher in developed countries, where populations are exploding due to immigration. The U.S. already releases four times the carbon per-capita each year as China. And the U.S. population, which has been doubling every 40 years, is headed for one billion by the end of this century!
Democracy is utterly dependent upon an electorate that is accurately informed. In promoting climate change denial (and often denying their responsibility for doing so) industry has done more than endanger the environment. It has undermined democracy.
There is a vast difference between putting forth a point of view, honestly held, and intentionally sowing the seeds of confusion. Free speech does not include the right to deceive. Deception is not a point of view. And the right to disagree does not include a right to intentionally subvert the public awareness.