Sunday, 29 March 2009

Climate Change- Will politicians and the Government listen

The warnings that have emerged from the Copenhagen climate conference could hardly be more stark and highlight the need for urgent action.

Climate change

Every country is being asked to sign up to a deal to replace the Kyoto Protocol

Scientists say a temperature rise of two degrees by the end of the century is inevitable, with all the impact that will have.

As is a sea level rise of one metre, and perhaps more.

On top of all that, some think that three-quarters of the Amazon rainforest could be lost.

Professor Katherine Richardson, of Copenhagen University, organised the emergency conference. She told Sky News Online: "In terms of the natural science - what's happening on this planet at the moment - there isn't very much, if any, good news from this meeting.

"On the other hand, there is some good news coming from social science here. There are lots of things we have in our tool box we can use, right now, to actively combat climate change."

At the start of December Copenhagen will play host to thousands of the world's politicians and policy-makers when the crucial United Nations climate conference takes place.

The task is to get every country in the world to sign up to an emissions reduction deal to replace the Kyoto Protocol.

The question being asked by the scientists here: will their urgent warnings inspire an ambitious deal?

Professor Kevin Anderson, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, told Sky News Online he thinks success in December is far from certain.

"I think it's extremely unlikely that the politicians will start to produce policies that will reflect the scale of the science discussed here, so I think the policy agenda will fall far short of what's being called for by the scientists.

"And I think we'll rue the day, that we'll regret in many years to come, that this was a wonderful occasion and we let the side down."

If the politicians do fail to take advantage of the opportunity December's conference presents, many scientists are convinced that their predictions of future climate upheaval will begin to impact on us all.

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Area 51-Fact or Fiction?

Area 51 is a military base, and a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base. It is located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States, 83 miles (133 km) north-northwest of downtown Las Vegas. Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake, is a large secretive military airfield. The base's primary purpose is to support development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems.[1][2]

The base lies within the United States Air Force's vast Nevada Test and Training Range. Although the facilities at the range are managed by the 99th Air Base Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, the Groom facility appears to be run as an adjunct of the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert, around 186 miles (300 km) southwest of Groom, and as such the base is known as Air Force Flight Test Center (Detachment 3).[3][4]

Though the name Area 51 is used in official CIA documentation, other names used for the facility include Dreamland, Paradise Ranch, Home Base, Watertown Strip, Groom Lake, and most recently Homey Airport. The area is part of the Nellis Military Operations Area, and the restricted airspace around the field is referred to as (R-4808N), known by the military pilots in the area as "The Box" or "the Container".

The intense secrecy surrounding the base, the very existence of which the U.S. government barely acknowledges, has made it the frequent subject of conspiracy theories and a central component to unidentified flying object (UFO) folklore.