Saturday, 5 December 2009

Rice, SUVs and climate sceptics.

"Vietnam is planning for a one-metre (3.3 feet) rise in sea levels by 2100, which would inundate about 31,000 square kilometres (12,400 square miles) of land -- an area about the size of Belgium...  The inundation threat is greatest in the Mekong Delta," (the country's main rice production and export area)

John Redwood describes four main groups of climate sceptics.  One of those is the 'of course the climate is changing but it is too hard to stop it - we need to just adapt'.

What that line fails to trake account of is that we are talking about a moving target.  Not acting means more and more emissions - and that means climate issues will continue to get worse..  The climate is changing, and we need to adapt to that.  But giving up and saying let it happen is to me a hugely irresponsible way to react to what is a global issue.  The meat eating, holiday in the sun, gas guzzling SUV driver is probably not the one if food supplies get scarcer that will face malnutrition or starvation. 

Vietnam, as you of course know, is the world's second biggest exporter of rice.... 

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