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06 May 2011, 1:25 PM
Despite powerful evidence, council 'overlooks' climate change

Polar bears are drowning. Huge glaciers are melting. Low-lying cities are worried. All because of climate change. But, when the eight nations of the "Arctic Council" meet next week, climate change won't be on their agenda—despite a frightening new report on climate change by the council's own task force.

Members of the council are those nations bordering the Arctic Ocean—the United States, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Canada, Denmark and Iceland.

The council deals with crucial Arctic issues such as climate change, black carbon, oil exploration and drilling, and arctic shipping. Their report, released this week, details how global sea levels will rise at least five feet within the century in large part because of melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Nonetheless, climate change isn't an agenda item.

Black carbon, doesn’t make the cut either, even though the report outlines immediate measures that could be taken to reduce black carbon emissions, protect health (black carbon is a component of soot, a toxic air pollutant), and reduce warming and melting in the Arctic in the near term.

Here's what the council will discuss—search and rescue in the Arctic, as in who is responsible for missing ships or people. An important subject—especially as more and more ships are able to travel the Arctic waters. However, should search and rescue be the first “international binding agreement” that the council signs? It is set to be. And you can be sure that oil and gas development likewise will be considered a priority.

“Rapidly increasing warming and melting in the Arctic and the resulting catastrophic sea level rise apparently doesn’t qualify as a ‘challenge’ for the Arctic Council, but access to hydrocarbon resources apparently does,” said Earthjustice attorney Erika Rosenthal, who will be attending the meeting as a consultant with the Circumpolar Conservation Union.

We sincerely hope that the task force reports on climate change and short-lived climate forcers—which lays out measures to significantly reduce black carbon emissions in Arctic countries with existing technology—will be addressed by the Arctic Council at this ministerial. The Arctic, and the world, can’t wait another two years for Arctic nations to live up to their responsibilities and take action.

Erika will be involved in the Arctic Council ministerial meeting next week. In the meantime, Earthjustice experts have provided background papers on the following subjects:

For more information:

Let’s not forget that it was the scientists themselves that originally polluted the planet with their pesticides and cancer causing chemicals they created, thus making environmentalism necessary in the first place. Scientists also produced cruise missiles, cancer causing chemical cocktails, land mine technology, nuclear weapons, germ warfare, cluster bombs, strip mining technology, Y2K, Y2Kyoto, deep sea drilling technology and now climate control. Its wasn’t a crime to be a lying climatologist, it was a free pass for lab coat consultants calling themselves sacred and trusting scientists and all of the money in research went into what the “effects” would be, NOT what would causes would be. If the crisis were real, the scientists would be raising jack and marching in the streets after their IPCC funding was pulled and when Obama didn't even mention the "crisis" in his Feb.2011 state of the union speech. The entire scientific community was snubbed and they did nothing.
A wave of other former climate change believers are now demanding that politicians and law makers have the leading scientists and especially the unconscionable leading news editors, subjected to criminal charges for knowingly sustaining the criminal exaggerations of the CO2 mistake for the last 25 years. Wouldn’t REAL planet lovers NOT want this misery to happen, instead of working so hard to believe in this suffering to happen?

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