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Just when you think news about the environment couldn’t get much worse, along comes the latest Global Environmental Outlook from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). We can no longer treat the environment as a fringe issue, the report stated. Instead, governments and other agencies around the world need to address environmental concerns now or risk long-term damage to the global economy … as well as, of course, lasting damage to the Earth’s environmental systems.

While trying to urge action and hope for improvement, the report’s authors didn’t sugar-coat their findings: “‚ÄúThere are no major issues raised in Our Common Future for which the foreseeable trends are favourable.” The also noted that, while the international community has taken steps to address environmental problems like climate change, most efforts have been woefully inadequate.

If that’s not a wakeup call for everyone, I don’t know what is.

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We’ve had a lively discussion for a while now at one of the other sites I write for about climate change and those who say it’s too late (or too expensive) to do anything to stop it … so we should just prepare to live with the consequences. It’s a viewpoint that’s gotten a lot of press coverage lately, but I think it’s both naive and dangerous.

What do you think? Visit Green Options discussion on “Is It Time to Just Live With Climate Change?” and add your opinions to the mix.

In case you missed it, our modern way of living took a one-two punch this week.

Punch one came when the Energy Watch Group released a report that peak oil is here: global oil production, the report said, peaked last year and can be expected to soon decline by several percent annually.

Punch two was delivered when the InterAcademy Council, a group of science academies from around the world, released its report on “Lighting the Way: Toward a Sustainable Energy Future.”. That report says we — meaning governments, non-governmental agencies, research organizations, businesses and individuals — need to start acting now if we’re going to be assured of a secure energy future that doesn’t involve runaway climate change. It then outlined the several key steps — including stepping up research on renewable energy and finding ways soon to capture and store carbon emissions — we need to take to avoid increased conflict over scarce resources and dangerous climate tipping points.

While it was encouraging to read that there are solutions, it’s not quite as encouraging when you look at how little we’ve managed to achieve so far when it comes to alternative energy and global warming.

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