Thursday, July 09, 2009

Taking the Heat of Global Warming

Looks like India and China, with almost half the world's population, prefer economic development to punishing regulations. What a shock. Meanwhile, even if the average global temperature rises a degree or two or three, who will complain? The citizens of China? Of India? Residents of Africa? Will Americans notice a difference?

If the average global temperature actually rises two or three degrees, the amount of moisture in the atmosphere will also increase. What does that mean? It means more rainfall. More fresh water dropping from the sky, available for drinking, irrigating fields and increasing crop yields.

In Africa more fresh water is desperately needed for drinking and to increase food supplies. In fact, the US needs more for the same reasons. There's more of us every day and we're eating a lot.

How do we ensure our continuing abundance of food here in the US? We can import some of it like we import oil. Or we can grow more here. But that will take more water. However, we cannot import fresh water. We can easily clean and treat waste water -- recycle it -- but we cannot increase the world's supply of fresh water. Only Nature can to that.

Global Warming would help.

Poorer Nations Reject a Target on Emission Cut

L’AQUILA, Italy — The world’s biggest developing nations, led by China and India, refused Wednesday to commit to specific goals for slashing heat-trapping gases by 2050, undercutting the drive to build a global consensus by the end of this year to reverse the threat of climate change.

As President Obama arrived for three days of talks with other leaders of the Group of 8 nations, negotiators for 17 leading polluters abandoned targets in a draft agreement for the meetings here. But negotiators embraced a goal of preventing temperatures from rising more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, and developing nations agreed to make “meaningful” if unspecified reductions in emissions.

The mixed results underscored the challenges for Mr. Obama as he tries to use his first summit meeting of the Group of 8 powers to force progress toward a climate treaty. With Europe pressing for more aggressive action and Congress favoring a more restrained approach, Mr. Obama finds himself navigating complicated political currents at home and abroad.

If he cannot ultimately bring along developing countries, no climate deal will be effective.

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