‘ “It is a matter of regret” that taxpayers and not private banks have carried the burden of the economic crisis – George Osborne’
Really. A matter of regret. Is that the best that he can do? A matter of regret that those who basically caused this crisis – the government and the banks, acting in partnership – are not carrying the can. Guess what, George: you’re the chancellor. You can do something about this. Or would that spoil the conservative party’s favourite game of punishing people for daring to be poor?
From The Independent:
Essentially, despite a fall in emissions in the Western hemisphere (due to the economic crisis), emissions in countries such as China and India have increased, leading to a global net increase in CO2 emissions. This is Bad News, to put it mildly.
From the article:
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned in successive scientific reports that a “business as usual” approach to global CO2 emissions is highly likely to lead to average temperature rises of up to 6C by 2100, leading to potentially catastrophic climate change.
“We are definitely on the high end of the [IPCC] projections and it’s also grim to see that as the growth increases in the emerging economies … the rich countries have to really start decreasing their internal emissions, but that is really not happening, at least at the scale that is needed to limit global warming to the minimum of 2C that the government has pledged,” Professor Le Quéré said.
People, pay attention. We’re at the upper end of IPCC predictions. This is seriously fucking bad news. When the article says ‘potentially catastrophic climate change’, it means any or all of the following things: massive rises in sea levels, millions of people dead as whole swathes of the world become unlivable, previously tropical diseases going global, a collapse in food production, and guess what: if you think the changes in our lifestyles needed to prevent this are huge, they ain’t got nothing on the changes in lifestyle that will occur if we sit around and do fuck all.
Which is why, for me, doing fuck all is not an option.