Monday, September 03, 2007

The future of biodiversity and civilisation hangs on our actions


The Weather Makers
Tim Flannery


How to keep the Earth from heating up fast? Let’s form an Earth Commission for Thermostatic Control, suggests Tim Flannery in The Weather Makers ( http://www.penguin.com/). We may need such an agen cy, he reasons, “if big coal, big oil and their allied interests continue to prevent the world from taking action to combat climate change.”

The commission, which can grow from the Kyoto Protocol, may have to use the oceans as a tool to regulate the Earth’s thermostat, says Flannery. “This will require new international cooperation on the use and ownership of the global oceanic commons.” It is quite probable that the commission would be deeply interested in agriculture and land use because of the importance of soils as carbon sinks.

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