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Canadian Casualties Bespeak Urgency On Climate Change by Mark Muro
Published on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 in the Earth Times
Canadian Casualties Bespeak Urgency On Climate Change
by  Mark Muro
 

Until now, the catastrophe of global warming has remained largely abstract. Dark warnings of sea levels raising and strange weather have stayed relatively theoretical. However, that is beginning to change. Witness the disturbing report that came out of Canada recently.

There, a high-level group of bureaucrats, scientists and academics asserted last month that Canada's largest salmon fishery could be the first tangible, documentable casualty of climate change caused by global warming. According to the report, the Fraser River fishery along Canada's west coast may well die out if summer temperatures go just a degree or two higher.

There, it appears that the fishery, which accounts for 60 percent of the commercial fish revenue in British Columbia, will likely collapse if even part of the projected warming for the next two decades materializes. The bottom line: Canada, and the world, can now see direct, concrete evidence of the unacceptable ecological and economic costs of inaction on climate change. A noble species that supports thousands of lives and the myths of aboriginal tribes is dying.

All of which suggests once more the critical, essentially moral need for the world's nations to jump-start the drifting Kyoto process for moderately curtailing world gas emissions. As it happens this debate is not just about numbers and the international tit-for-tat of regional rivalries. It is also about mountain glaciers receding, and prairie grassland creeping northward. and the impoverishment of the world's precious skein of life. Even scarier, it's real. Just look at Canada's west coast. The salmon are dying.

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