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In a major blow to the Bush Administration today, Bush's hand-picked climate expert, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, acknowledged today that global warming and climate change is not only at the critical dangerous moment we have been worried about, it may be soon at the point of no return for Earth and humanity (emphasis mine):

Global warning has already hit the danger point that international attempts to curb it are designed to avoid, according to the world's top climate watchdog.

Dr Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the official Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told an international conference attended by 114 governments in Mauritius this month that he personally believes that the world has "already reached the level of dangerous concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere" and called for immediate and "very deep" cuts in the pollution if humanity is to "survive".

A memorandum from Exxon to the White House in early 2001 specifically asked it to get the previous chairman, Dr Robert Watson, the chief scientist of the World Bank, "replaced at the request of the US". The Bush administration then lobbied other countries in favor of Dr Pachauri - whom the former vice-president Al Gore called the "let's drag our feet" candidate, and got him elected to replace Dr Watson, a British-born naturalized American, who had repeatedly called for urgent action.

But this month, at a conference of Small Island Developing States on the Indian Ocean island, the new chairman, a former head of India's Tata Energy Research Institute, himself issued what top United Nations officials described as a "very courageous" challenge.

He told delegates: "Climate change is for real. We have just a small window of opportunity and it is closing rather rapidly. There is not a moment to lose."

But with Bush and his corporate friends, that is not of their concern, not even if Earth becomes a full-blown Waterworld.

Originally posted to gfactor on Mon Jan 24, 2005 at 11:43 AM PST.

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  •  But Michael Crichton told me.. (none)
    in his new book, "State of Fear" that it is all Martin Sheen's fault. And that an Indiana Jones/Rambo American superman will save us all from it. Was he lying to me?
  •  Now, who y'all gonna b'lieve? (none)
    Who ye gon' trust, some college girl brainiac "scahntist" with a for'n name ye cain't pernounce, or the good fokes who buy crude from despotic regimes and turn it into gasoline for yer Hummer H2 tax shelter?  Sheeit, if Mobil and Chevron say there ain't nuthin to worry about, welp, that's good enuff fer me!

    Hey, wait a minute... this lady works fer W?

  •  asdf (none)
    This should be covered in every new source available.

    Bastards aren't going to be happy until they suck the planet dry before the "rapture" comes for them (the good, loving christians, that is).

    grumble grumble

    "Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it." - Ghandi

    by MaineMerlin on Mon Jan 24, 2005 at 12:29:14 PM PST

  •  Thanks (none)
    I added this to

    Thanks, keep looking for environmental news please. I think we all need to focus on one area and help spread the word about issues we find.

    We'd be much more powerful that way.

    When the big tree falls, the goat eats its leaves.

    by goplies on Mon Jan 24, 2005 at 01:01:47 PM PST

  •  For the next "This Week in Fascism" (none)
         Bald Andy added another scientist where the Bush regime is trying to fire a whistleblower scientist. This time the target is Dr. Jonathan Fishbein, who was hired in 2003 to improve patient safety practices in the NIH related to AIDS research. Fishbein was targeted for firing within days of raising allegations last February of interference and a hostile work environment against AIDS Division Deputy Director Jonathan Kagan. Fishbein was recommended for a cash award for his job performance, and all was well until he started talking to Congress about shoddy practices and poor patient practices.
    I am sure everyone has an opinion on the report by Dr Rajendra Pachauri concerning the need to do something immediatley or face uncontrollable climate change. There were at least 6 Diaries on this Monday morning.
    • Take Action: Countdown to global catastrophe by S. Basaman which concentrated on the lack of RWCM coverage.
    • Bush Appointee: Cut Pollution ASAP or Adios to Humanity by Plan9 which got little attention
    • Bush's Leading Climate Expert: Global Warming at Critical Moment by G factor that was almost totally missed
    • Want to see a real crisis? Global Warming heating up by Virginia Dem which got a whole lot of attention
    • 10 Years to Armageddon. by Expat Briton which was missed due to Virginia's popular diary
    • Want to see a real crisis? A partial counterpoint by Yertle, who is an actual climatologist, presented an excellent method of framing the issue that uses both divergent viewpoints and still provides an effective call for action. I recommend both Yertle's and Virginia's. I will hold my commentary till we see if we get a reaction from the Republicans.

    This Week in Fascism is now on Thursday and due out at 20:00 PST.

    "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

    by Tomtech on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 04:56:20 PM PST

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