There are two reports out today.
One is the NIE on the situation in Iraq.
It is a disaster.
The other is the IPCC report.
It is the Final Verdict on the disaster that awaits.
Mankind to blame for global warming say scientists
Fri Feb 2, 2007
By Gerard Wynn and Alister Doyle
PARIS (Reuters) - Mankind is to blame for global warming, the world's top climate scientists said on Friday, sending governments a "crystal clear" warning they must take urgent action to avert severe and irreversible damage.
The United Nations panel, which groups 2,500 scientists from more than 130 nations, predicted more droughts, heatwaves and a slow gain in sea levels that could last for more than 1,000 years even if greenhouse gas emissions were capped.
The panel's report predicts a "best estimate" that temperatures would rise by between 1.8 and 4.0 Celsius (3.2 and 7.8 Fahrenheit) in the 21st century.
"Faced with this emergency, now is not the time for half measures. It is the time for a revolution, in the true sense of the term," French President Jacques Chirac said. "We are in truth on the historical doorstep of the irreversible." more
Chirac has been quite candid lately.
And his leadership in climate change is a welcome addition to a world leadership vacuum.
Chirac calls for 'revolution' to deal with climate change
February 02, 2007
PARIS – French President Jacques Chirac called for.a “revolution” Friday to counter the “guilty selfishness” of climate change.
“Faced with this emergency, the time for half measures is finished,” Chirac said at the opening session of an international conference on the environment, whose participants include Quebec Premier Jean Charest.
“It is time for a revolution,” the French president added. “A new industrial revolution, that of sustainable development, lies before us.”
Chirac proposed that this revolution would be led by transforming the existing United Nations Environment Program into a new United Nations Environment Organization, with a political mandate to propose common efforts to deal with climate change.
“We must build global governance for the environment,” Chirac said. “Multilateralism is the key to sustainable development.”
Sir Nicolas Stern, a British expert on climate change applauded Chirac's proposal, saying, “a global problem requires a global response.”
There was also testimony yesterday from the Z Man.
Here is a piece of former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski's testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
"If the United States continues to be bogged down in a protracted bloody involvement in Iraq, the final destination on this downhill track is likely to be a head-on conflict with Iran and with much of the world of Islam at large.
A plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran involves Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks; followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure; then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the U.S. blamed on Iran; culminating in a "defensive" U.S. military action against Iran that plunges a lonely America into a spreading and deepening quagmire eventually ranging across Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan."
Two separate disasters.
Caused by the same thing.
Chirac is right.
On both accounts.
We must evolve ourselves.
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