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The Australian Bushfires: Homo"Sapiens" Scorched Earth Program

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"Ladies and gentlemen, your governments are lying through their teeth. You may wish to use softer language, but the truth is that they know that their planned approach will not come anywhere near achieving the intended global objectives. Moreover, they are now taking actions that, if we do not stop them, will lock in guaranteed failure""" "The problem is that our governments, under the heavy thumb of special interests, are " pursuing policies to get every last drop of fossil fuel" [7].

Until recently few government officials dared to link extreme weather events with climate change, using terms such as "one in a hundred years event' for floods and fires occurring at increasing frequency [8]. Governments continue to subsidize fossils fuel production. Some governments have abolished climate change programs, reduced fire rescue services and discourage inclusion of climate change in education curriculum [9].

The next ports of call are the large fossil fuel corporations, known to donate funds to think tanks that are biased toward those who reject climate change science by the bulk of peer-reviewed scientists, research organizations (NASA, NOAA, NSIDC, Hadley-Met, Tyndall, Potsdam, CSIRO, BOM), the World Meteorological Organization and the world's academies of science [10].

The next port of call are the small minority who have been falsifying climate science ignoring the laws of physics and empirical observations, lulling people to a false sense of security.

Major responsibility lies with large sectors of the corporate media which compromise or cover-up the climate evidence which climate scientists attempt to communicate [11]. Much of the media would not acknowledge the connection of extreme weather events with climate change [12].

However, neither governments nor vested interests would have been able to continue on the track leading toward a climate calamity had it not been for the majority who, mostly aware of the risks, pay only lip service to the issue. Ultimately it is the collective foresight or lack of such, by our species which it will decide its future.

Where-to now?

Some scientists despair. Guy McPherson (Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) writes "It seems no matter how dire the situation becomes, it only gets worse when I check the latest reports" [13]. Others accept Pablo Casals dictum "The situation is hopeless. We must take the next step".

  In themselves, efforts at reduction in atmospheric CO2-emission are no longer sufficient to prevent further global warming. For this reason, along with sharp reductions in carbon emissions, efforts need to be undertaken in an attempt to reduce atmospheric CO2 levels from their current level of near-400 ppm to well below 350 ppm. A wide range of technologies have been proposed in this regard [14]. What is required is action on a global scale before it is too late.



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Dr. Andrew Glikson is a visiting fellow at the Australian National University, Research School of Earth Sciences, and author of numerous research articles on asteroid impacts and mass extinctions, early evolution of life on earth, and (more...)
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