America's lack of knowledge on climate change could prevent the world from reaching an agreement to stop catastrophic global warming, scientists said in an attack on the country's environmental policy.Oh, here we go again…
Professor John Schellnhuber, one of the world's leading global warming experts, described the US as "climate illiterate"A lower understanding, or are just becoming more discerning and less easily manipulated?
He said Americans have a lower understanding of the problems of climate change than people in Brazil or China.
Prof Schellnhuber said rich countries have to cut emissions by at least 40 per cent by 2020 on 1990 levels to stand a chance of stopping catastrophic climate change.And if even the Shining One (though currently looking very tarnished lately) can’t do it, who can?
However President Obama is already struggling to get legislation through the Senate that will commit the US to cutting emissions to 1990 levels and will face an even greater public backlash trying to meet more ambitious targets.
The problem seems to be, Prof, your lot has been rumbled. You are the little boy who cried ‘Wolf!’, and not only has no wolf yet shown up, people are beginning to wonder why you keep saying it, and what you stand to gain…
Prof Schellnhuber, who has played a key role in waking the world up to climate change through his work advising the German government, described the Copenhagen conference as "the most important meeting in the history of the human species".Certainly seems to be the most important thing in the history of Prof Schellnhuber, doesn’t it..?