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The Kyoto Protocol

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{Nature_and_Environment.36.1}: Ilana Dobreva {illana} Tue, 15 Feb 2005 14:34:17 CST (36 lines)

I just have some thoughts on the Kyoto Protocol and would like to
start a discussion:

Did we started a trend of global warming? There is a controversy but
the facts are that temperature and sea level are rising. Science
shows the relation between the emissions of carbon dioxide in the
atmosphere and the changes in the global climate.

Western European countries have seen empires raise and fall and have
learned a valuable lesson - nothing is permanent. But if a country
have an asset - better keep it - one never knows if that is not the
decisive characteristic which makes a nation prosperous. In Europe
every inch of land is accounted for and any loss is enormous(just
look how small Belgium is compared to Canada, for example). Japan is
also fighting for space. These are good enough incentives for these
countries to fight for keeping the emissions of carbon dioxide low.

And what about the United States. As a world’s super power isn’t it
the USA one of the countries most interested in keeping the status
quo. The robust economy of the country is likely to shake quite a bit
if the fertile soils of the Great Planes  move north. What would the
nation do then - invade Canada or start buying the staple foods from
Russia? Unlikely. It does seem like a Hollywood scenario.
Here is another ‘cheesy’ plot - where is the coastal population going
to move to if the sea level rises drastically - are we going to
urbanize whatever is left of the farmlands or are we going to claim
back the waste lands of Nevada and the Dakotas which have in the past
decades been serving as dumpsters for all sorts of hideous materials
and as testing grounds for enough nuclear bombs?

Let’s face it. Global warming is going to affect us too.
And why is then the Unites States, the largest carbon dioxide
pollutant, not signing the Kyoto Protocol – un imperfect but so far
only attempt to slow the process of global warming?

Are the short run gains going to be worth the long run losses?

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{Nature_and_Environment.36.2}: Tom Elliot {telliot} Tue, 15 Feb 2005 18:22:31 CST (HTML)

Ilana, there is an existing discussion of this subject in {Environment.7.-20-}, the topic titles Global Climate Change. This one is a duplicate and I'd like to freeze it if you would agree to take your posts over to that topic. I've already deleted the duplicate topic you created by this same name.

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