UK-based jurno Gwynne Dyer suggests it is time to panic over climate change and cites plenty of evidence (nearly all of which you can find on this site) including southern Africa losing 30 per cent of its corn crop as climate gets hotter and drier there.
Dyer goes on to say:
The two Democratic candidates for the presidency in the United States promise 80 per cent cuts in emissions by 2050, and John McCain for the Republicans promises 50 per cent cuts by then.
Nobody points out such a leisurely approach condemns the world to a global temperature regime at least three or four degrees Celsius (5.5 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than today.
Nobody points out those are average global temperatures which take into account the relatively cool air over the oceans.
Few people are aware these higher temperatures will prevent pollination in many major food crops in parts of the world that are already so hot they are near the threshold, and that this, combined with shifting rainfall patterns, will cause catastrophic losses in food production.
I agree those target dates are far too slow and push the responsibility of taking real action into the distant future. Dyer’s “nobody points out” is plain wrong since IPS and other alternative news sources have been banging the drum on climate for years. But that’s not a complaint, happy to see other good jurno’s join in.