Maybe Steve Harper should stop taking orders from his Beijing mandarins long enough to listen to the Dalai Lama.
Speaking at MIT, the Dalai Lama warned that every nation will suffer if leaders don't recognize common interests and responsibilities in responding to climate change.
“Whether we can really solve these problems or not, we have to make an
attempt, that’s how I feel,” the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said at
a forum hosted by the The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and
Transformative Values, a nonprofit think tank at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
...Rebecca Henderson, an economics professor at Harvard Business School,
says we need to transform the world economy from one where resources
are cheap and waste is free, to one where resources are properly priced.
That, she says, will change polluting behaviors. Henderson says the
challenge is convincing businesses to manage morally and ethically.
“I think there’s increasing consensus that business as usual may have
unacceptable social and environmental costs,” Henderson said.
Penny Chisholm, a professor in the environmental studies department
at MIT, looked at the latest efforts in geoengineering — tinkering with
nature to try and reverse the effects of climate change. Scientists are
looking at technical solutions such as collecting carbon in the
atmosphere and storing it deep in the earth, controlling the temperature
of the earth or adding nutrients to the ocean. But, she told the Dalai
Lama, these solutions could be dangerous.
“We aren’t going to know what will happen,” Chisholm said. “So to
take that risk with our planet is too great when we know there’s a
solution at the root cause.”
Now that the public consensus, even in the United States, is coming into line with the scientific consensus on global warming, badly needed and long overdue resources are flowing to the scientific community. NCAR, the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research has announced it is now using a 1.5 petaflop supercomputer, said to be one of the 20-most powerful on Earth, for geoscience research. It's 30-times more powerful than NCAR's former main computer.
Along with climate change, this supercomputer will be used on a number
of geoscience research issues, including the study of severe weather,
oceanography, air quality, geomagnetic storms, earthquakes and tsunamis,
wildfires, subsurface water and energy resources.
It's hoped the extra computing power will allow NCAR to do climate change modeling on a scale as small as 10 kms.