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The Elephant in the room is getting harder to ignore. Maybe one of the Presidential Candidates will have the temerity to mention the subject on the Campaign Trail.  

Climate Change Kills 400,000 a Year, New Report Reveals

Sep 27, 2012 4:45 AM EDT

The Earth’s changing climate is costing the global economy $1.2 trillion a year and killing 1,000 children a day, according to a new study—and the U.N. warns the summer’s record heat and drought could trigger a catastrophe.

Nearly 1,000 children a day are now dying because of climate change, according to a path-breaking study published Wednesday (PDF), and the annual death toll stands at 400,000 people worldwide.

Climate change also is costing the world economy $1.2 trillion a year, the equivalent of 1.6 percent of economic output, reports the Climate Vulnerability Monitor, a study commissioned by 20 of the world’s governments whose nations are most threatened by climate change and released on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York.

Why Climate Change remains invisible in this years' Presidential Campaign confounds me. Its becoming pretty obvious that Climate Change is creating significant problems that any US President will have to grapple with, whether they profess skepticism of the scientific consensus of not. Addressing Climate Change needs to be a viable part of Obama's mandate to help President Obama act should he win a second term as it now appears he probably will.

This is no time for an abundance of caution Mr President, we need your leadership on this urgent issue.

Originally posted to Lefty Coaster on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM PDT.

Also republished by DK GreenRoots and Climate Hawks.

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Comment Preferences

  •  If not now WHEN? (20+ / 0-)

    "We don't need someone who can think. We need someone with enough digits to hold a pen." ~ Grover Norquist

    by Lefty Coaster on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 12:13:06 PM PDT

  •  Which is why he's going to fully approve the XL (0+ / 0-)

    pipeline after the election.  It will save the world!

    Progressive Candidate Obama (now - Nov 6, 2012)
    Bipartisan Obama returns (Nov 7, 2012)

    by The Dead Man on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 12:31:12 PM PDT

    •  I hope you're wrong (2+ / 0-)
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      chimene, Calamity Jean

      "We don't need someone who can think. We need someone with enough digits to hold a pen." ~ Grover Norquist

      by Lefty Coaster on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 01:28:49 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I'm not. There is no choice in the matter. (1+ / 0-)
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        “And today, I’m directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority, to go ahead and get it done.”
        - President Obama, speaking about the southern leg of Keystone XL in Cushing, OK (March 22, 2012)
        “If I’m President, we’ll build it if I have to build it myself.”
        - Governor Romney, commenting on the Keystone XL pipeline in Pittsburgh, PA (May 4, 2012)

        Progressive Candidate Obama (now - Nov 6, 2012)
        Bipartisan Obama returns (Nov 7, 2012)

        by The Dead Man on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 02:23:56 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  It's Not a Kind of Issue Our System Can Address (0+ / 0-)

    appropriately. It doesn't have the power to impose on the economy to the degree and speed needed, less so now than at any time in living memory.

    There has to be a mission to top ownership to try to assemble a power block willing to fight big dirty energy.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 12:48:23 PM PDT

  •  Not sure why it confounds you that (2+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, Calamity Jean

    this issue is not being addressed

    God knows the Repubs don't want to touch it with the proverbial 10 foot pole.

    And do you think the guy who recently boasted about US oil production being a the highest level in decades and who approved 42 out of 48 MTR coal mines pronto upon taking office feels * that * much differently?

  •  It breaks my heart. (2+ / 0-)
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    Lefty Coaster, Calamity Jean

    Replacement refs get more attention than the demise of our only home. With 7 billion plus humans and various other splendid treasures of evolution, you might think we could bother to give a shit. But even after all that has happened recently with the climate, all I can hear are a few well baked crickets. Even here, at DK, there is not nearly enough attention being paid to what seems to be the single most important issue humanity has confronted. I just don't kow what it will take for folks to wake the fuck up and smell the planet burning.

    Sorry for the rant. Thanks for writing the diary, at least I know I am not the only one concerned.

    There is only one planet suitable for human habitation in our solar system.

    by too many people on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:36:22 PM PDT

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