July 30th, 2009 at 03:50am
It could just be a really good joke. This letter from this week’s editions of The Chronicle.
GOVERNMENT targets to slow and stabilise carbon emissions are universally and belatedly inefficient and will likely result in no northern hemisphere ice sheets, permanent El Nino conditions, a sea level rise of 10 metres, loss of the Amazon rainforest through drought and fire along with the Barrier Reef and salination of Kakadu this century.
The government’s approach to something for the environment lobby and something for the business lobby will fail. An action plan as great as that made in the Second World War, when Australia was prepared to spend a third of its economy on that national emergency is required.
(line breaks added for readability)
Sea levels rising by ten metres? I know that the ABC’s science guy did one claim it would be one hundred metres, but even ten metres is much higher than any official forecast.
But anyway, if the government’s move are “belated”, then why bother? Why not just adapt?
I seriously can’t tell if this letter was serious or a work of comic genius.
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