‘An Inconvenient Truth’ might have made for depressing viewing, but Al Gore’s sequel sounds a note of optimism in the fight against climate change and those who are trying to scupper recovery, writes
Whenever we do stuff like Stoptober or Movember, it’s always to benefit ourselves. Movember is all about showing your awareness of prostate cancer by sporting a great big freshly-grown moustache which gets you extra likes on Facebook, while only the most uni-cellular amongst us need the benefits of stopping smoking in Stoptober spelled out.
ON Jan 22 we learnt that, after heated debate between factions, the European Commission pledged that by 2030 it would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% compared with 1990 levels, and produce 27% of its energy from renewable sources by the same date.
Top US intelligence officials say that information gleaned from two controversial data-collection programmes run by the National Security Agency thwarted potential terrorist plots in the US and more than 20 other countries — and that gathered data is destroyed every five years.
In the aftermath of the recent conference in Dublin it is evident Mary Robinson has co-opted Al Gore and the theory of catastrophic antropogenic climate change, aka man-made global warming, to her well intentioned campaign to obtain support for peoples who attempt to cultivate agriculturally marginal and non-viable lands, and for others whose land is subject to flooding by rising, relative sea level.