The Earth today stands in imminent peril

global warming

…and nothing short of a planetary rescue will save it from the environmental cataclysm of dangerous climate change. Those are not the words of eco-warriors but the considered opinion of a group of eminent scientists writing in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

It’s the albedo flip that concerns them. Currently, ice at the polar caps reflects sun. If too much of it melts, the resultant water will begin to absorb heat, something that will make climate change vastly more severe.

Meanwhile, formerly respected Left journalist Alexander Cockburn has gone completely bonkers, becoming a foaming-at-the-mouth global warming denier, supporting the work of the lunatic Right. Let’s hope this isn’t the start of his long slide into Christopher Hitchens land.

Derek Wall, Principal Speaker of the Green Party of England and Wales gets it though, with a podcast about being green, left, and socialist. And the Darfur conflict had its genesis, at least partly, in water shortages – yet another example of the intersection of climate change, politics, and war.