Hot air in sydney; polar bears on thin ice

9 September 2007

So while 21 world leaders were puffing up their declaration this week – agreeing to take no action on climate change, there’s worrying news from the big melt in the arctic circle.

The National Snow and Ice Data Centre reports that this summer, the polar ice cap in the arctic has shrunk by almost one million square kilometres below last year’s record melt.

And yesterday the US Geological Survey reported that with the current rate of melting, by 2050 two thirds of the 16,000 polar bear population will be gone. They will disappear along the north coasts of Alaska and Russia and lose 42 percent of the Arctic range they need to live in during summer in the Polar Basin when they hunt and breed. A polar bear’s life usually lasts about 30 years.

And here in Australia water experts are predicting the country could expect to stay in an almost permanent state of drought.

This is what the leaders DIDN’T talk about. This is the science behind the concern on global warming. This is why we need countries to commit to deep cuts in C02. We need atmospheric C02 levels to stabilise and start dropping within 10-15 years.

That’s why “aspirational” targets and “agreeing to consider” vague goals sometime in the distant future doesn’t make the cut with us here at Greenpeace.