Thursday, May 3, 2007

Fixing Climate Carries Big Costs

An article by Dan Vergano in USA Today: "Global warming's demands on human ingenuity, and pocketbooks, will take center stage Friday in the latest international report on climate change.

"Whether humans bury greenhouse gases, blunt them with new technology or buy them off with tax incentives, banishing the emissions responsible for global warming will take quick action, experts conclude in advance of the report.

"The latest International Panel on Climate Change report, "Mitigation of Climate Change," examines fixes — or "mitigation" in climate lingo — to global warming, both technological and economic. The report will underline the environmental and financial benefits of quick action to cut emissions, says report co-author John Drexhage of Canada's International Institute for Sustainable Development...

"'We have three choices: mitigation, adaptation or suffering,' says Harvard's John Holdren, co-chair of the National Commission on Energy Policy. 'And we are already starting to do a little of each one.'

"A summary of the third and latest report's scientific chapters will be released in Bangkok after review by political representatives of more than 100 nations, including the United States.

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