Smog in Tokyo, 2007. Wikimedia Commons

The Japan Times-Oct 9

Scientists have long warned that failure to halt or significantly slow greenhouse gas emissions would do irreparable harm to the Earth, society and civilization. Crucial thresholds for change are ever nearer — because time has passed and those deadlines are more proximate and because the pace of change is accelerating. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in the most authoritative assessment of climate change, has released its latest report and the conclusions are grim: Keeping global warming below a critical limit demands “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” Immediate action is required, but history gives us little reason to be optimistic.

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