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Was this the year we 'woke up' to climate change?


The Guardian says that 2006 is the "year the world woke up to climate change" - and they may have a point.

After a series of frightening scientific reports, politicians, the public and even industry have shown signs that climate change is, at last, an issue to be reckoned with. But it wasn't until an economist got involved and pointed out that climate change "could create risks of major disruption to economic and social activity, later in this century and in the next, on a scale similar to those associated with the great wars and the economic depression of the first half of the 20th century" that the world reall started to sit up and take note. Sir Nicolas Stern's report pointed out the cost of climate change, but Al Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth" really drove the point home and it has become the third-highest-grossing documentary in the US.

European polls showed that 93% of people wanted something done about it, and even Tony Blair admitted it was "the most serious problem facing mankind."

For me, 2006 will certainly be the year that lip-service was paid to climate change; I just hope that 2007 will be the year of action.

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December 21, 2006 in Green News | Permalink


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