Monday, December 19, 2005

The heat is on

I have just read perhaps the most important book of the millenium, Boiling Point by Ross Gelbspan. He makes a strong argument that fossil fuel emissions are rapidly warming up the earth and that immediate steps are needed to avoid a catastrophe. I started the book with doubt on the subject, but I now endorse Gelbspan's position. I'll quote from some of the most important parts of the book:

More than 2,000 scientists from 100 countries reported to the U.N. that brutal droughts, floods, and violent storms across the planet will intensify because emissions from humanity's burning of coal and oil is driving up temperatures much more rapidly than scientists had anticipated just six years earlier (this report issued in 2001, p.5).

Rising temperatures will melt ice sheets and raise sea levels by as much as thirty-four inches,causing floods that could displace tens of millions of people in low-lying areas. (emphasis added). Storms triggered by such climatic extremes as El Nino will become more frequent. Diseases such as malaria and dengue fever will spread (p.6).

Gelbspan points an accusing finger at the Bush administration, which he accuses of having its head in the sand. He also criticizes the media for its relatively sparse coverage of global warming. Gelbspan concedes that there are a few scientists who don't believe global warming, but charges them with being in the pay of the fossil fuel industry. I think Gelbspan makes an excellent case. I urge anyone reading this to buy or borrow this book ASAP.

1 comment:

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