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[Our world is warming.]

June 16th, 2005

The scientific consensus is unprecedented, and evidence keeps pouring in. The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment synthesis report showed us that climate destabilisation is already happening–right now–and much faster than we anticipated.

So what should we expect from our ‘world leaders’ at the G8 next month? Perhaps some visionary steps forward, towards a clean renewable-energy future? Bold targets for real at-source cuts to take us to sustainable greenhouse gas emissions levels? Well, that’s what we should expect, and it’s what we continue to demand, but it’s not what we’re getting. (California excepted.)

Our world is warming… erm… (maybe)

That’s the clear, visionary message from the ‘leaders’ of the world:

Text from leaked draft g8 communique on climate: '[Our world is warming]', bracketed, open for debate.

In draft international document land (somewhere I’ve spent rather too many long days) those square brackets mean something is still uncertain, disputed, and open for debate. The first leaked draft was bad enough, with no timetables or targets for emissions cuts. Now we see the reality of Blair’s ‘leadership’ on climate change: no targets, no timeframes, “zero carbon nuclear,” clean coal, and he hasn’t even managed to secure a recognition that our world is warming. It seems we have a problem.

You can download the latest leaked draft (two pdf documents) on the Channel Four News website. I’ve also mirrored it here.

Leaked Draft Communique [mirror]
Leaked Draft Plan of Action [mirror]

Emperor Bush?

June 16th, 2005

“So this is how Liberty ends, with thunderous applause.” –Padme Amidala, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

It was–at least according to George Lucas–more about the rise of the Third Riche than today’s political climate. The parallel with the rise of fascism in current world politics, however, is all too apparent. But at least George Bush is only here for another few years, right? Er… right?

Well not necessarily. I learnt today that five Republican congressmen are sponsoring an ammendment to the U.S. constitution to–quite simply–repeal the 22nd amendment. The twenty-second amendment is the rule in the bedrock of U.S. law that says presidents can only serve two terms in office.

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