Pardon me? So we need an "effective world government" (replete with carbon taxation and "green economy") in order to SAVE THE WORLD from climate change??A policy article authored by several dozen scientists appeared online March 15 in Science to acknowledge this point: “Human societies must now change course and steer away from critical tipping points in the Earth system that might lead to rapid and irreversible change. This requires fundamental reorientation and restructuring of national and international institutions toward more effective Earth system governance and planetary stewardship.”The report summarized 10 years of research evaluating the capability of international institutions to deal with climate and other environmental issues, an assessment that found existing capabilities to effect change sorely lacking. The authors called for a “constitutional moment” at the upcoming 2012 U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio in June to reform world politics and government. Among the proposals: a call to replace the largely ineffective U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development with a council that reports to the U.N. General Assembly, at attempt to better handle emerging issues related to water, climate, energy and food security. The report advocates a similar revamping of other international environmental institutions.Unfortunately, far more is needed. To be effective, a new set of institutions would have to be imbued with heavy-handed, transnational enforcement powers. There would have to be consideration of some way of embracing head-in-the-cloud answers to social problems that are usually dismissed by policymakers as academic naivete. In principle, species-wide alteration in basic human behaviors would be a sine qua non, but that kind of pronouncement also profoundly strains credibility in the chaos of the political sphere.
Pardon, but the Scientific community DOES NOT KNOW how to influence the climate one way or another. We might be able to seed clouds in an extremely localized situation, but we have NO IDEA of how to REVERSE climate change. The very notion is absurd.
No, we're not to that level of technical sophistication, okay? In order to REVERSE climate change, we'd first have to UNDERSTAND climate change.
And we don't.
We don't even know the dynamics that drive thunderstorms. We're still discovering shit about meteorology for which we don't even have fucking words.
What we THINK we know is that Earth's climate is entirely capable of changing suddenly and drastically, and WITHOUT the chemical contributions of humankind, and that's been the case since DAY ONE.
No, I'm not buying the argument that mankind is capable of re-engineering the climate. Nor am I buying the argument that mankind can voluntarily re-engineer HUMAN BEHAVIOR. It's not happening. Not in my my lifetime and not in yours, and not in the lifetimes of our children and great-great-great grandchildren.
As "intelligent" creatures, we should recognize that we we're NOT ABOVE following the same path of the 99% of terrestrial organisms that have gone before us — Extinction comes to every species eventually, and some sooner than later.
We're not a particularly SUCCESSFUL species, compared to most. Perhaps we're not supposed to survive; our suicidal behavior may be an indication that we're on a dead-end evolutionary path.
If we were TRULY intelligent, we would've thought twice before digging the hole in which we now find ourselves, yes?