14
Sep
07

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Gives Scientific Presentation

The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner says we should do more to stop Global Warming:

The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus called Thursday for a worldwide lifestyle change, saying global warming is “a matter of life and death” for low-lying nations like his own country Bangladesh.

In a keynote speech to a symposium on climate change, Yunus suggested a “traffic rule” under which products bear red, yellow or green markings to indicate the extent to which they come from renewable sources.

Seems perfectly reasonable. Red means “guilt”, yellow means “not as guilty”, and green means “Goregasm”. He was probably one of the ones the IPCC asked to weigh in on climate change consensus.

Yunus, honoured for his creation of the Grameen Bank which grants microcredit to the poor, said his country is bearing the brunt of climate change, with 40 percent of its land mass less than one metre (3.3 feet) above sea level.

Sea levels are rising an average three millimetres a year, he said, and Bangladesh’s 150 million people are already confined to living on around 144,000 square kilometres (55,598 square miles).

“Floods and Bangladesh are becoming synonymous,” Yunus said, adding that their frequency and intensity are increasing year by year.

Well, Yunus, the problem with Bangladesh is it’s a land a few feet above sea level and as the population grows, it clear cuts, removing natural barriers to erosion. It also cuts out natural levees for new construction. The abject poverty of Bangladesh is a problem, too, and the lack of money being used for infrastructure means more people are affected by floods and have little to defend against the floods or rebuild after them.

Warning labels on products aren’t going to help Bangladesh.


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