To Our British Friends

18 10 2009
Trick Question: Which is the Howler Monkey?

Trick Question: Which is the Howler Monkey?

To all of our friends residing in Great Britain, we would like to extend our collective sympathies for you having such a brain-dead Prime Minister. We know exactly how you must feel having this Albatross hanging like a lead weight around your necks. We here in the States have the same disability, only our leader is a Communist-lover, and brain-dead. 

Well, good luck with your future, and we would appreciate any prayers for a fast 3.5 years so we may say good-bye to Obamamunism once and for all.

Gio- 

The UK faces a “catastrophe” of floods, droughts and killer heatwaves if world leaders fail to agree a deal on climate change, the prime minister will warn.

Gordon Brown is to address the Major Economies Forum in London, which brings together 17 of the world’s biggest greenhouse gas-emitting countries.

Mr Brown will say there will be “no plan B” if agreement is not reached at December’s UN summit in Copenhagen.

Negotiators have 50 days to save the world from global warming, he will add.

‘Rising wave’

The Copenhagen summit in December is intended produce a new global climate change deal to replace the ageing Kyoto treaty.

But BBC deputy political editor James Landale said that not everything was going to plan.

At the meeting in London, the prime minister will warn that preparatory talks within the United Nations have reached an impasse.

Negotiators, he will say, are not reaching agreement quickly enough.

“In Britain we face the prospect of more frequent droughts and a rising wave of floods,” Mr Brown is expected to tell delegates.

“The extraordinary summer heatwave of 2003 in Europe resulted in over 35,000 extra deaths.

“On current trends, such an event could become quite routine in Britain in just a few decades’ time. And within the lifetime of our children and grandchildren the intense temperatures of 2003 could become the average temperature experienced throughout much of Europe.”

Grim warning

If a deal is not agreed, the world will face more conflict fuelled by climate-induced migration, Mr Brown will add.

He will tell the meeting that by 2080 an extra 1.8 billion people – a quarter of the world’s current population – could lack sufficient water.

Mr Brown will say: “If we do not reach a deal at this time, let us be in no doubt: once the damage from unchecked emissions growth is done, no retrospective global agreement, in some future period, can undo that choice.

“So we should never allow ourselves to lose sight of the catastrophe we face if present warming trends continue.”

Agreement at Copenhagen “is possible”, he will conclude.

Commitments unlikely

“But we must frankly face the plain fact that our negotiators are not getting to agreement quickly enough. So I believe that leaders must engage directly to break the impasse.”

In recent days there have been a number of warnings that progress is stalling, with Rajendra Pachauri, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, telling Newsweek magazine that “the prospects that states will actually agree to anything in Copenhagen are starting to look worse and worse”.

MEF is not part of the formal UN process and so firm commitments are unlikely to come from the meeting.

It is seen instead as a forum where countries can explore options and positions in a less pressured environment.

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