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Posted Thu May 7 2009: from Sacramento News and Reviews:
An outsider's view of Earth
Believing that an outsider perspective may be illuminating in evaluating today’s news, we imagine here what The Briefer would tell "a volunteer" about Earth’s present situation.... How serious is the situation with the biosphere? Very serious. Humanity will either build new renewable energy-powered economies and live, or fail to do so and die. As in the early days of the Industrial Revolution, people will have to consume far less and invest far more in building a new economy. They will have to live with less now so that they -- and their kids and grandkids -- will not only live well but simply live. Doing so is technically feasible but politically difficult.... What evidence is there for the magnitude of this threat? The world's scientists, traditionally competing for grants and laurels like the Nobel Prize, rarely agree. For the first time in scientific history, however, climate scientists have not only reached a near-unanimous consensus that human-made global warming threatens humanity, but have formed a global organization -- the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- to try and prevent it.
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