remember, tuesday is soylent green day
It's fourth and long in the fight against Soylent Green! Because it's made of people!
Just in time for the Super Bowl, renown scientist E.O. Wilson drops a football metaphor in an interview with the Boston Globe:
Can we still do anything about it?
In climate change we are already fairly late in the game -- late second quarter, shall I say? A lot of damage is going to be done to the earth's climate no matter what we do, but we can abate the effects in two ways. One is to start easing as much as possible the cause of climate change. And the other is by preparing ourselves for the worst effects of it to come. As a conservationist, my mind is on saving as much of the diversity of life as we possibly can.
And added for your doomscreamy pleasure, this little tidbit was leaked to British newspapers late last week, something I've yet to see any coverage of here:
The United States government wants the world's scientists to develop technology to block sunlight as a last-ditch way to halt global warming, the Guardian has learned.
It says research into techniques such as giant mirrors in space or reflective dust pumped into the atmosphere would be "important insurance" against rising emissions, and has lobbied for such a strategy to be recommended by a major United Nations report on climate change, the first part of which will be published on Friday.
While geo-engineering has to have a place among the range of options we deploy against the effects of climate change, it appears that this is the only option the U.S. is considering. This is not a knock against the Bush Administration per se - apparently, as far back as the Johnson Administration, (yes, skeptic, LYNDON JOHNSON) there was a proposal about peppering the oceans with tiny, reflective particles to deflect sunlight. The United States' approach to global warming seems to quite literally try and overwhelm the phenomenon with brute force and technology, two measures that have of course worked so well for the national interest in the last few years.