Anyway, a couple of bits of essential reading from the blogroll today: Samadhisoft points to this BBC report which suggests that
- There is a global migration crisis
- climate change will make it worse
It's not a matter of climate change, all else being stable. It's a matter of throwing an unprecedented problem into an increasingly volatile mix. I think people should be talking about the big picture more. I see this in science as well as in politics. Everyone's wrapped up in their niches. Thinking about the big picture is discouraged.
Dennis at Samadhisoft calls the confluence of population and technology driven global problems a "Perfect Storm Hypothesis". I'm not sure it's a hypothesis, strictly speaking, but that's whistling past the graveyard, isn't it?
UPDATE: IS THIS TRUE? YOU'D THINK THERE WOULD BE MORE TALK ABOUT IT.
ANOTHER UPDATE: YES I THINK SO, SO WHY ISN'T EVERYBODY TALKING ABOUT IT?
Meanwhile Eli points to John Fleck, (who gratuitously invokes the Framing Meme in) pointing to the joint position of the various national science academies of:
Brazilsurely representing the great majority of contemporary scientists worldwide, stating:
the United Kingdom
the United States of America
- "Our present energy course is not sustainable."
- "Responding to this demand while minimising further climate change will need all the determination and ingenuity we can muster."
- "The problem is not yet insoluble but becomes more difficult with each passing day."
- G8 countries bear a special responsibility for the current high level of energy consumption and the associated climate change. Newly industrialized countries will share this responsibility in the future."
Update: Also, be sure you catch up on the last of Jeffrey Sach's Reith lecture series. In the final installment, Sachs suggests that defeating severe poverty and inequity, globally, in the very near term (a decade or so) is a necessary and plausible first step in our escape from our quandary. I think he has a point.
Finally, I suggest you wander over to the Global Change List which is getting very interesting these days.