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Last updated on July 13th, 2017 at 01:09 pm
Foreseeing a time when the only remaining humans are a “handful of global survivors who will eke out a miserable existence at the poles”, the Age’s Kenneth Davidson demands responsible carbon cuts:
This can be achieved only by deep cuts that should begin before Kyoto Mark I ends in 2012 and include mandatory interim targets and an ultimate objective of achieving global cuts of 80% by 2050. To reach this overall target, developed countries will have to achieve cuts of at least 90%.
Let’s see how some of those deep cuts are working out in the Middle East:
Israelis and Palestinians are blaming each other for a Gaza fuel drought that is threatening to cause a health crisis and complete the economic devastation of the blockaded enclave.
“Israel reduced the supply of diesel by 49 per cent on October 28, and petrol by 40 per cent and industrial diesel for the power plant by 14 per cent,” said Mahmoud Daher, the Gaza head of the United Nations-affiliated World Health Organisation.
Further Gaia-saving reductions are needed, obviously, but Davidson might consider these a good start. Meanwhile Holman W. Jenkins offers a note of caution to Davidsonian apocalyptoids:
Public opinion cascades are powerful but also fragile—liable to be overturned in an instant when new information comes along. The current age of global warming politics will certainly end with a whimper once a few consecutive years of cooling are recorded. Why should we expect such cooling? Because the forces that caused warming and cooling in the past, before the advent of industrial civilization, are still at work.
Unlike anyone hit with 80-90 per cent energy cuts.