Thursday, April 9, 2009

Climate Change

What will global warming look like? Scientists point to Australia

L.A. Times — Reporting from The Murray-Darling Basin, Australia -- Frank Eddy pulled off his dusty boots and slid into a chair, taking his place at the dining room table where most of the critical family issues are hashed out. Spreading hands as dry and cracked as the orchards he tends, the stout man his mates call Tank explained what damage a decade of drought has done .
"Suicide is high. Depression is huge. Families are breaking up. It's devastation," he said, shaking his head. "I've got a neighbor in terrible trouble. Found him in the paddock, sitting in his [truck], crying his eyes out. Grown men -- big, strong grown men. We're holding on by the skin of our teeth. It's desperate times."
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Bonn climate talks ends without concrete results

Xinhua — The first major UN climate meeting in 2009 ended in Bonn on Wednesday without concrete results, because of the big gap between developing countries and developed countries on climate.
The Bonn climate talks, which started on March 29, 2009, attracted more than 2,000 participants from 175 countries, including government delegates, representatives from business and industry, environmental organizations and research institutions.
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Greenhouse gases must be cut, Obama aide says

San Francisco Chronicle — In sharp contrast to the low priority the Bush administration gave to global warming, President Obama's new science adviser said Wednesday that the world's industrialized nations must immediately cut greenhouse gas emissions to ward off the most extreme effects of climate change.
"We are already experiencing increased heat waves, drought, wildfires, floods and pest infestations - all of that is at today's levels," said physicist John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
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