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Wishful Thinking Can Be Suicidal August 1, 2010

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Dwight Furrow's Posts, politics.

The latest climate assessment reports that the past decade was the warmest on record.

But there was an even more disturbing report published in the journal Nature last week. Via Short, Sharp Science:

Ocean life is being wiped out from the bottom up. The global population of microscopic plants that float in ocean water and support most marine life has declined by 1 per cent every year since 1899.

That’s the conclusion of a new study of the microorganisms, published in Nature. The annual falls translate to a 40 per cent drop in phytoplankton since 1950.

Boris Worm and his colleagues at Dalhousie University in Canada also noted that the declines had accelerated since 1950. They were correlated with rising sea surface temperatures, suggesting that climate change may be at least partly to blame.

This is not good. Phytoplankton are the foundation of marine life and produce much of the world’s oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. The oceans are dying and that will increase the pace of climate change.

But did you hear about this in the mainstream press? What with Chelsea Clinton’s marriage and Lindsey Lohan’s stint in jail there just isn’t room for the frivolous news.

No wonder 48% of the public believe the threat of global warming is exaggerated.

Refusing to take climate change seriously is suicidal. Which is why Obama keeps calling for climate change legislation. But Republicans in Congress don’t want to hear it.

Isn’t it comforting to know these clowns take our national security seriously?

But of course if a threat isn’t the sort you can deter by building billion dollar weapons systems and bombing some small country to smithereens it isn’t really a threat.

book-section-book-cover2 Dwight Furrow is author of

Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

For political commentary by Dwight Furrow visit: www.revivingliberalism.com



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