"Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today." recorded Ian Sample, science correspondent at Guardian in his report dated Friday February 2, 2007. "Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an Exxon Mobil-funded think-tank with close links to the US Federal administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasize the shortcomings of a report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Travel expenses and additional payments were also offered", he continued.
By the by, the UN report was written by international experts and is widely regarded as the most comprehensive review yet of climate change science.
On September 19th 2006, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), ranking member on the Government Reform Committee, has just released a series of emails from the Department of Commerce that suggest that Bush officials "tried to suppress a federal scientist from discussing the link between global warming and hurricanes" In a letter to Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Waxman details how CNBC requested an interview with NOAA scientist Tom Knutson in October 2005 -- one month after Hurricane Katrina -- "to discuss whether global warming is contributing to the number or intensity of hurricanes."
I mean, whom are we kidding by doing all this?
None but ourselves. Just for a moment, let us forget about everyone else in this world. How much more does it require to state, masking the truth is only going to kill you, your living parents, children, grand children, and everyone and anyone you hold near and dear to you, enough to care about.
We are all partners in default, within the process of global warming. The Governments responsible should realize that, our unsustainable practices are part and parcel of our daily lives. But we ought to know this fact, that in the absence of some decisive measures on our part, the true cost of our actions will be borne by our own succeeding generations, even starting with ours. As the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon advices, "That would be an unconscionable legacy; one which we must all join hands to avert. As it stands, the damage already inflicted on our ecosystem will take decades, perhaps centuries, to reverse, if we act now."
Effect of War on the Environment:
Dr Stuart Parkinson. Executive Director, Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR), analyzed the relationship between war and environment extremely well.
We all have to agree to three basic truths.
To analyze how environment influences Conflict/War, and how that in turn affects Sustainability, let us go through the following truths:
Now let us perceive what war/conflict does to the environment:
During the 1991 Gulf War:
Besides, the following figures will give you a better insight as to what armed conflict between governments has and can do to this earth,
It is one thing to know the facts as above and recognize the truth that "what we are doing is wrong". Every Government, and every military corporation, need to just not recognize the damage they are doing to this world. They need to accept responsibility. Continuos censorship of the truth, will only push the truth further away, and draw destruction of this world closer.
The government can do a lot of things to make things right, and ensure Sustainability. For starters, they can reduce consumption of fossil fuels, especially oil, and execute and just not lay down policies and measures to support changes, as eco-taxes, carbon trading, regulation, R&D support etc. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change can be strengthened, especially binding targets on the biggest emitters (the largest being the USA) based on "Contraction and Convergence" principles. Global flow of small weapons to poorer countries can be stemmed, since their environmental resources are already under stress and hence conflict is bound to occur. This can be done by strengthening of UN program of action on eradicating illegal small arms, having every country agree a UN arms trade treaty. USA, which has highest levels of small arms in private hands and is world's largest arms exporter, is resisting these efforts. Another great effort every government can take, is reduce dependence on military forces as a way of dealing with international problems. This will also help reduce their carbon emissions!
The first step to Sustainability, needs to be acceptance...acceptance of the responsibility of such ensuing catastrophe, following the current trends of Military action and governmental Denials. The power of corporations, especially military corporations, with their ability to lobby for favorable policies needs to be curbed. Denial is merely cheating oneself, and cheating the world; though the truth still remains. Governments and Military corporations need to ask themselves: "Can we live with the truth, that we have destroyed the world?"