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The ‘doomsayers’ brayed about climate change. They said ignore it at your peril. And despite some token political efforts and changes in public consciousness concerning environmental issues, governments and industries pretty much did just that: ignored it.

An article by the Associated Press states that greenhouse gasses have increased even the worst predictions made by climate scientists only four years ago. This information comes from the US Department of Energy.

Global CO2 emissions jumped by 6% in just one year from 2009 to 2010, mostly due to China and the US. The biggest source of CO2 is from coal burning, which is still growing rapidly in China and India.

From a piece in the Independent about how climate change, extreme poverty and unsustainable local population levels are combining in the West African nation of Burkina Faso – with disastrous results:

It is quite natural, and to be expected, that global warming should have tumbled down the list of public and political concerns with the onset of the recession and especially the current global financial crisis. But although many of us may have forgotten about it, the gigantic volumes of carbon dioxide we are adding to the planet’s atmosphere (currently 30 billion tons annually) continue to increase and will continue to raise world temperatures remorselessly.

Climate change is also negatively impacting species’ size and health; of both animals and plants, on land and in sea, according to a new scientific study.

From CNN:

The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, draws on evidence from fossil records, experimental and comparative studies, as well as research implicating anthropogenic climate change over the last 100 years.

UK studies show that mayflies, a common bioindicator of environmental disturbances, are living half as long as normal due to climate change.

Dare I hope that this news might affect political policy? Well, one thing I can say is that hope lies with the people’s movements erupting around the world right now. We know who is really driving climate change and it is not the poor.

About The Author: Graham Land

Greenfudge editor and London-based writer Graham Land grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene, playing in several bands. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, eventually earning an MA from Malmö University in Sweden. He has also lived in Japan, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.


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