Al Gore was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to alert mankind about global warming and climate change. He accepted the award in Oslo last night (December 10th) and in his accompanying speech he had a stark warning:
[W]ithout realizing it, we have begun to wage war on the earth itself. Now, we and the earthâ€™s climate are locked in a relationship familiar to war planners: â€œMutually assured destruction.â€
More than two decades ago,scientists calculated that nuclear war could throw so much debris and smoke into the air that it would block life-giving sunlight from our atmosphere, causing a â€œnuclear winter.â€ Their eloquent warnings here in Oslo helped galvanize the worldâ€™s resolve to halt the nuclear arms race.
Now science is warning us that if we do not quickly reduce the global warming pollution that is trapping so much of the heat our planet normally radiates back out of the atmosphere, we are in danger of creating a permanent â€œcarbon summer.â€
More reading: Enviroment News Service