Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Useless Conference

At the useless waste of time and money called the U.N. Climate Conference in Copenhagen, former would-be president of the U.S Al Gore said that under new projection, the Arctic Ocean may be nearly ice-free in the summertime as early as 2014.

Now news that the Arctic Ocean will be nearly ice-free in the future is not new. The Arctic has melted to such a degree that there is now a shipping lane open from Russia to Canada; bypassing Alaska through the Artic ice. Shipping officials are rubbing their hands in glee because if the Artic melts at the same pace, they believe that there will be a shipping lane open from Russia to the EU in 5-10 years. This will help them bypass North America, cut down shipping times, and open new trade routes.

What is surprising is that the Artic will be gone as early as 2014. Previous computer models suggested that the ice cap will only vanish in the year 2030. Some scientists had already said that the new prediction was too pessimistic but it really just a matter of semantics. Whether it is in 2014 or 2030, researchers agree that the Arctic is going to go.

So what will happen now? Nothing! Delegates at the U.N. Climate Conference are bogged down in disputes over issues like how much rich/poor country should cut greenhouse gases, who should pay how much for these cuts, the idea of "carbon tariffs" etc.

And as the delegates continue to waste their time, global emissions of greenhouse gases continue to rise and the Artic ice continue to melt. Moral of the story: humans are unable to solve the global climate crisis and save the Earth.

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