It’s the money stupid…
Failing to curb the impact of climate change could damage the global economy on the scale of the Great Depression or the world wars by spawning environmental devastation that could cost 5 to 20 percent of the world’s annual gross domestic product, according to a report issued yesterday by the British government.
The report by Nicholas Stern, who heads Britain’s Government Economic Service and formerly served as the World Bank’s chief economist, calls for a new round of international collaboration to cut greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming.
“There’s still time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, if we act now and act internationally,” Stern said in a statement. “But the task is urgent. Delaying action, even by a decade or two, will take us into dangerous territory. We must not let this window of opportunity close.”
Okay, so what’s it gonna take to move this out of the partisan arena and unto the collective global stage? How long are we going to wait until we actually do something about this?
I’m sorry people, but too many scientists, economists, what-have-yous are saying that this is a mounting problem…but we’re too busy trying to score political points by saying this boogey man doesn’t exist.
But let me say this…global warming has the potential to do far more damage to our way of life than any band of Islamic extremists ever could. We’ve messed with Mother Nature for a long time now, and the signs point to her getting some retaliation sooner rather than later.
So again…what will it take for us to adopt some type of environmental policy that addresses these realities?