Fall temperatures in the Arctic are at record highs, the Arctic Ocean is warming and desalinating as sea ice melts, and reindeer herds appear to be declining, researchers reported yesterday..For example, fall air temperatures in the Arctic are at a record 5C above normal. The report noted 2007 was the warmest year on record in the Arctic, leading to a record loss of sea ice. This year’s sea ice melt was second only to 2007.
A plurality of Canadians are going to have to realize that the environment and the economy are linked – not adversarial, as Harper painted it this past election. Inaction on the environment as Harper has done has led to the situation as shown by this latest report on the Arctic, and it will only worsen. Canada cannot solve this problem alone, but the position we’re now taking that we won’t do anything until other countries do something first is foolish. We need to be leading on this by cutting our own emissions and setting a positive example for those other countries to follow, and demand that they do something to help stop the global warming effects that are causing the Arctic to literally melt.
Perhaps it will take a President Obama administration to follow through on it’s hints that it may not buy the tarsands oil from Canada without plausible GHG fighting programs in place for a plurality of Canadians to wake up and demand the Harper government – or if they aren’t willing, another party or parties – do something other then to give oil companies money to research if there’s oil up there under those melting glaciers.
H/T: Section 15