Skip to comments.Climate protection 'to cost more' - slow monsoon season (And leftists call us mobsters?)
Posted on 08/27/2009 8:38:52 PM PDT by Libloather
Climate protection 'to cost more'
By Richard Black
Environment correspondent, BBC News website
Page last updated at 17:50 GMT, Thursday, 27 August 2009 18:50 UK
Protecting societies against the impacts of climate change will be much more expensive than previously believed, according to a new analysis.
In 2007, the UN climate convention came up with a sum of $49-171bn per year.
The new report says the UN sums omitted important factors and the true cost will be two to three times higher.
Developing nations want rich countries to provide major sums for adaptation as part of the new UN climate deal due to be agreed in Copenhagen in December.
"The amount of money on the table at Copenhagen is one of the key factors that will determine whether we achieve a climate change agreement," said lead author Martin Parry, a visiting research fellow with the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London.
"But previous estimates of adaptation costs have substantially misjudged the scale of funds needed."
Professor Parry co-chaired the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working group on climate impacts for its 2007 assessment.
The new report - issued under the aegis of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Grantham Institute - says that some aspects of the UN estimates were wrong by a factor of more than 100.
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Reminds me of a frat party I once witnessed...
What a joke. The whole thing is illogical from word one till the last.
So far the impact of climate change has been a dramatic reduction in the annual number of tropical cyclones. It will cost more to protect against fewer storms - this is truly government in action.
Of course, ir could just be normal climatic cycles and the whole argument is a load of crap.
From Aug. 27, 2009 National Forecast, Weather.com:
“Residents of Northern New York and New England will wake up to a cool Friday. Scattered frost is possible over parts of the Adirondacks of New York, along with northern sections of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.”
Fear not, fine people, for salvation is at hand; it is as simple as going back to our roots — where once we sprang we shall rebound to our fulfilled redoubt:
We are They:
“Who are they?
The ‘Bushmen’ are the oldest inhabitants of southern Africa, where they have lived for at least 20,000 years. Their home is in the vast expanse of the Kalahari desert. There are many different Bushman peoples - they have no collective name for themselves, and the terms ‘Bushman’, ‘San’, ‘Basarwa’ (in Botswana) and so on are used variously. Most of those which are widely understood are imposed by outsiders and have some pejorative sense; many now use and accept the term ‘Bushmen’. They speak a variety of languages, all of which incorporate ‘click’ sounds represented in writing by symbols such as ! or /.
How do they live?
The Bushmen are hunter-gatherers, who for thousands of years supported themselves in the desert through these skills. They hunt - mainly various kinds of antelope - but their daily diet has always consisted more of the fruits, nuts and roots which they seek out in the desert. They make their own temporary homes from wood that they gather. Many Bushmen who have been forced off their lands now live in settlements in areas that are unsuitable for hunting and gathering - they support themselves by growing some food, or by working on ranches.
What problems do they face?
The Bushmen had their homelands invaded by cattle herding Bantu tribes from around 1,500 years ago, and by white colonists over the last few hundred years. From that time they faced discrimination, eviction from their ancestral lands, murder and oppression amounting to a massive though unspoken genocide, which reduced them in numbers from several million to 100,000. Today, although all suffer from a perception that their lifestyle is ‘primitive’ and that they need to be made to live like the majority cattle-herding tribes, specific problems vary according to where they live. In South Africa, for example, the !Khomani now have most of their land rights recognised, but many other Bushman tribes have no land rights at all.
The Gana (G//ana) and Gwi (G/wi) tribes in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve are among the most persecuted. Far from recognising their ownership rights over the land they have lived on for thousands of years, the Botswana government has in fact forced almost all of them off it. The harassment began in 1986, and the first forced removals were in 1997. Those that remained faced torture, drastic restrictions in their hunting rights, and routine harassment. In early 2002, this harassment intensified, accompanied by the destruction of the Bushmen’s water pump, the draining of their existing water supplies into the desert, and the banning of hunting and gathering. Almost all were forced out by these tactics, but a large number have since returned, with many more desperate to do so.”
Danny has been dying as we speak, in fact he is quite moribund at the moment as his feet are in an icy tub, his lungs are parched and seared by dry Saharan dusty air and his head has been all but torn off its roots by sharply shearing winds — but live on he must in the name of Funereal Rain to bless the scared ground where weeping grapes mark the footsteps of the recently offered saint to plead our case to Gaia before it’s too late.
Come Sunday eve, an end to grieve, he’ll take his leave.
Not a dry eye or bagpipe in sight.
'Scared had to be Freudian; y'all know I meant 'sacred' mumble,mumble,mmmm