Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Guess we can all relax now

A team of environmental researchers in the US has warned many effects of climate change are irreversible.

The scientists concluded global temperatures could remain high for 1,000 years, even if carbon emissions can somehow be halted.

Their report was sponsored by the US Department of Energy and comes as President Obama announces a review of vehicle emission standards.

It appears in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. . . .
The scientists (scare quotes are juvenile) do offer a sop to politicians who might be crushed by the potentially pork-threatening news:
They say politicians must now offset environmental damage already done by man-made pollution.
That's not very sexy.

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