Sunday, April 17, 2005

Fiddling While Earth Burns

I'm going to offer you a second article today on the same theme as the first - that of the impending ecological disaster. This one is by Ron Forthofer and is entitled, "Fiddling While Earth Burns". Here's how it ends:

A March 3, 2004, Reuters article reported that Swiss Re, the world's second-largest reinsurer, said: "There is a danger that human intervention will accelerate and intensify natural climate changes to such a point that it will become impossible to adapt our socio-economic systems in time. ... The human race can lead itself into this climatic catastrophe — or it can avert it." Last year, even the Pentagon's commissioned report pointed out that global warming was a threat to our national security and economy. And, according to the report, many parts of the world face devastation due to global warming.

The common theme of these messages is that we are rapidly running out of time to avert or to lessen a looming disaster. Avoiding the worst is technically simple and economically cheap if we act now. Tomorrow will be too late.

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