"Yellow rust does more than advance the timing of plant growth. As much as 50 percent of an infected wheat crop can be lost, and in severe cases, the entire crop may be lost, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service."
"A sobering new report warns that the oceans face a "fundamental and irreversible ecological transformation" not seen in millions of years as greenhouse gases and climate change already have affected temperature, acidity, sea and oxygen levels, the food chain and possibly major currents that could alter global weather."This is further evidence we are well on our way to the next great extinction event," said Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, the director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland in Australia and a co-author of the report.
Volcanic activity and large meteorite strikes in the past have "resulted in hostile conditions that have increased extinction rates and driven ecosystem collapse," the report says. "There is now overwhelming evidence human activities are driving rapid changes on a scale similar to these past events.
"Many of these changes are already occurring within the world's oceans with serious consequences likely over the coming years."
Of course I agree with this comparison – as it stands. However, I think the use of electricity and gasoline should be rationed. Everybody, rich or poor, gets allotted the same amount, and non-essential use should be banned (driving around aimlessly to look at the trees that your emissions are killing would be high on the list of no-noes, and so would be lawn mowing, and leaving the doors of air-conditioned shops open, etc.) until there is an excess of clean energy, while the energy that pollutes has become obsolete.
Because…this statement in the op-ed:
“Failing to make low-cost emissions cuts today would force us either to make more expensive cuts in the future or to see greenhouse gas concentrations rise to the point where severe damage to human and natural systems would become unavoidable.”
is pure rubbish! Concentrations have ALREADY risen to the point where severe damage to human and natural systems IS unavoidable and in fact, is already well underway. Acidifying oceans anyone?
Who are we kidding? We need to treat this as the emergency it is and prepare people to willingly make sacrifices and adjustments in their lifestyle, because if we don’t, it’s going to happen anyway, in a significantly more unpleasant manner than voluntary.
"In 2004, Utah received about 8,000 applications for the permits. Last year, 73,925 applications were submitted — with nearly 60 percent coming from nonresidents."