8 February 2005

OK, now I'm depressed

This article from The Independent is less-than-cheery:

Last week, 200 of the world's leading climate scientists - meeting at Tony Blair's request at the Met Office's new headquarters at Exeter - issued the most urgent warning to date that dangerous climate change is taking place, and that time is running out.
Next week the Kyoto Protocol, the international treaty that tries to control global warming, comes into force after a seven-year delay. But it is clear that the protocol does not go nearly far enough.

Jared Diamond's succinct quote always comes to mind. He asks of the final generation of Easter Islander before they died of starvation:

What were they thinking when they cut down the last palm tree?
[ posted by sstrader on 8 February 2005 at 11:53:23 AM in Science & Technology ]