Member states of the European Union may soon find that the joys of environmental self-righteousness quickly fade when the bill comes due. According to a report from BBCNews, the European Commission is proposing that the EU provide billions annually to poor countries for climate-change adaptation. Yet the amounts proposed are a relatively small part of what the United Nations says poor nations will need and are considered insufficient by environmental alarmists:
Has it ever seemed to you that the media tend to move as a herd? That no matter how the number of news outlets multiply they all end up following the same stories from the same angles and that the same mistakes or biases get repeated over and over again?
Confronted by a negotiation process that some are characterizing as “walking in wet sand,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has decided to get things moving on the environment by shifting his rhetoric into “Chicken Little” mode. In an article that takes its title from Ban’s histrionics — “We are heading toward an abyss” — the Associated Press has responded to the call to arms with a one-sided repetition of the secretary-general’s talking points.
With the Obama administration’s plans to collectivize healthcare threatened by a prairie fire of public outrage, the Left may be shifting targets once again. Global-warming hysteria is being moved back into the public square with a new series of television ads as the Senate considers passage of its version of the Clean Energy and Security Act (popularly known as “cap and trade” or “cap and tax”).
On August 25, the United States Chamber of Commerce, which claims to represent some three million large and small businesses in the United States, filed a 21-page request with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to hold a public debate on climate-change science or face litigation in federal court.
In December world leaders will convene in Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss the reputed danger we all face from climate change. Interestingly, many environmental activists are angry about the top billing always given to climate change.
In a culture resounding with motifs of decay and collapse on so many levels, Wired.com is reporting that a breathtakingly large number of dams around the United States have become structurally unsound. Once conceived of as the symbol of man’s “power over nature,” nature is now apparently having the last word. As Alexis Madrigal wrote for Wired.com:
Scientists from Tokyo University have successfully grown bioengineered replacement teeth in the mouths of mice, according to their August 3 report at the website of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
As any good diver or snorkeler knows, there is nothing so breathtaking or so delicate as coral reef. Coral is so delicate, in fact, that even the slightest human contact can be catastrophic enough to kill 500-year-old coral in just five minutes. Such frequent agitation is precipitating irreparable harm to one of nature’s most spectacular wonders.