11 March 2015   Leave a comment

CO2 continues to concentrate in the atmosphere at levels the planet has not seen for a long time.  According to Scientific American:

“Such CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere have likely not been seen since at least the end of the Oligocene 23 million years ago, an 11-million-year-long epoch of gradual climate cooling that most likely saw CO2 concentrations drop from more than 1,000 ppm. Those of us alive today breathe air never tasted by any of our ancestors in the entire Homo genus.”

It is unlikely that the accumulation of carbon dioxide will stop anytime soon.  Despite efforts on the part of many countries, the rate of increase continues to grow.  We are no longer talking about stopping the increase in order to avert climate change; we now need to figure out a way to reverse the level of accumulation.

Some analysts have coined the phrase “perpetual war” to describe the state of the world since the attacks against the US on 11 September 2001  (see Bacevich,  Anderson, and Hoh).  It appears as if the terror attacks in France, including the slaughter at Charlie Hebdo, have persuaded the French government to station 7,000 soldiers on the streets of France to supplement the more traditional police and security forces.  It is difficult to imagine the effects of daily exposure to armed forces as a normal part of daily life will do to the French conception of normalcy.

Debates in the European Parliament are not widely viewed, but there was an interesting exchange on the floor of the Parliament concerning Juncker’s proposal for a European Army.  The exchange was prompted by a speech by Nigel Farage, the leader of the U.K. Independence Party, a party dedicated to removing Great Britain from the European Union.  I regard Farage as a fringe politician but the points he makes in the speech are worthy of consideration (as well as his well-deserved reputation for an acid tongue).

 

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Posted March 11, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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