According to the as yet unpublished second part of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, the impact of past pollution and its effect on global climate change is more serious than previously thought, writes SPIEGEL ONLINE.
The already observable changes which the panel examined — some 30,000 data sets obtained from over 70 international studies — are almost exclusively caused by humankind and will have serious consequences impacting every part of the globe. “Radical changes and massive investment against global warming” will be absolutely inevitable, with some $16 billion being the projected cost for efforts to reverse the trend.
One would hope that the UN report will stimulate some decisive action, once it’s published. While I couldn’t find any recent and/or precise numbers for the cost of the war in Iraq, a Washington Post article estimated about $102 billion for the year 2006. One can only hope that the next administration will set better priorities.