Klaus Toepfer, former head of the UN Environment agency, said about the need to mitigate climate change : "The poorest of the poor are suffering most. Our world will be destabilized if we are not able to solve this problem. It is not something on the margins. Our children and their children will suffer the most and it's our obligation to do it now." Seems like he's the first major governance figure to realize that by referring to children directly, instead of as "future generations", people will listen, even while driving SUVs to fertility clinics and soccer games.
Greenwire reports that oil and gas rigs in the Gulf of Mexico " have been significantly fortified following last year's devastating storms in the Gulf of Mexico, but a substantial amount of work will not be complete as the official hurricane season begins this week "
Small town newspapers have taken to regularly covering the climate beat, offering op. ed. space to people not on the usual "think tank" climate-denial expert roster. A good example might be this one from Bill McKibben
We were surprised when a famous NYT columnist referred to RealClimate,org as 'the go-to place' for objective information. Might have been because the scientists who post there just added a piece on economics called "Buying a Stairway To Heaven". Anyway, good evidence that the newspaper types are reading their "internets". Hey...over here!
And finally, from http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/060605/5warming.htm">U.S. News & World Report, a feature story: "Global Warming: Can We Live With It?" The story's focus is on "what is shaping up to be the next battle in the climate-change wars: preparing for and adapting to a warmer climate." The debate no longer is whether global warming exists, "why the planet is warming, or if we can stop it. The debate is: How do we live with it?"
What a week it was. And it's not even over yet!