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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