By Sean O'Torain.
Just about every week now the reports come out. A couple of weeks ago it was a report financed by NASA. This concluded that civilization was in danger of "collapsing in a matter of decades," due to climate change. And NASA is no left wing radical anti capitalist group. Nor is this the first time scientists have warned of impending global disaster. Last year it emerged that Stephen Hawkin and a team of scientists are drawing up a "doomsday list" of the catastrophic low-risk but high impact events that could devastate the world.
Today there is the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This is a UN group which regularly summarizes climate science. In its recent report it concludes: "The ice caps are melting, sea ice in the Arctic is collapsing, water supplies are coming under stress, heat waves and heavy rains are intensifying, coral reefs are dying, and fish and many other creatures are migrating to the poles or in some cases going extinct. The oceans are rising at a pace that threatens coastal communities and are becoming more acidic as they absorb some of the carbon dioxide give off by cars and power plants, which is killing some creatures or stunting their growth. " The panel went on:"And the worst is yet to come. Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change." And the report did not mention the weekly oil and chemical spills.
The report went on to warn of insufficient food that would come with climate change. It said:" The poorest people in the world who have virtually nothing to do with causing global warning will be high on the list of victims as climatic disruptions intensify." The report stated that poor countries would need as "much as $100 billion a year to offset the effects of climate change; they are now getting, at best, a few billion dollars a year in such aid from rich countries."
What happened to the main report shows that as this blog has continually argued capitalism cannot solve the developing crisis of climate change. The $100 billion figure was mentioned in the full report but when it came to the 48 page executive summary to be read by the leaders of the world's main capitalist powers it was removed. They were not going to put their name to that. In other words the world's top capitalist leaders were not prepared to commit themselves to the $100 billion a year. The capitalist class world wide are addicted to profits. What is an addiction? It is when people, or in this case a class, cannot stop an activity which destroys themselves and all around them. Capitalism's addiction to profit is destroying the planet and will destroy life on earth as we know it. Capitalism's profit addiction means that it cannot deal with this catastrophe of climate change and pollution which threatens life on earth as we know it. To preserve the planet as we know it capitalism has to be overthrown. All who want life on earth to have a future as we know it and to improve that future has to be a revolutionary, dedicated to overthrowing capitalism and establishing a democratic socialist world.
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