The Durban Spinfest in Perspective. From today’s “Australian” newspaper

From the Cut and Paste section on page 13 of today’s “Australian”:

“This time it really is the last chance. Fred Pearce, New Scientist May 30 1992:
LAST chance to save the planet?
No single meeting can change the world. But the organisers of the Earth Summit, one of the largest gatherings ever of the tribal elders of Homo sapiens, want to do nothing less than change the direction of our economic development.

Channel 4 News, Britain, August 9, 2002:
MARK Easton: It’s being billed as the last chance to save the planet. Sixty-five thousand people from 174 countries meet in Johannesburg later this month for the second ever Earth Summit . . .

Juliette Jowit, New Zealand Herald, December 3, 2007
CLIMATE talks “last chance” to avoid catastrophe
World leaders will converge on Bali today for the start of negotiations which experts say could be the last chance to save the Earth from catastrophic climate change.

From the World Wildlife website, December 5 2008:
POZNAN provides last chance to curb climate change.
Humanity is approaching the last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change, according to WWF’s analysis of the latest climate science.

Louise Gray, The Telegraph, Britain:
COPENHAGEN summit last chance to save planet, Lord Stern
The Copenhagen summit is the world’s last chance to save the planet from “catastrophic” global warming, according to a major study led by Lord Stern of Brentford, the country’s leading authority on climate change.

Spero News November 27:
CHURCHES claim Durban conference is mankind’s last chance
Rev Dr Olav Fyske Tveit, who leads the World Council of Churches, says the upcoming climate conference in South Africa is mankind’s ‘last opportunity’ to address climate change.

Fiona Harvey in Durban The Guardian , December 7:
LORD Stern: rich nations should stop subsidising fossil fuel industry

Gavin Atkins on Asian
THE strangest thing about all this is that despite believing that it is now too late, several of these people are at the conference, and their items for discussion are not what to do before the end of the world.
Surely Nicholas Stern would be at home drowning himself in alcohol, or at least, making passionate love to strangers in lifts?
In fact, Stern is not only at the Durban conference, he holds a number of prominent positions at COP17 and is even offering people advice about cutting down the use of fossil fuels, none of which seem to involve avoiding these kinds of conferences.
Why cutting down fossil fuel usage is of any use while the end of the world is nigh must be anyone’s guess.”
And don’t forget the Mayan prediction for 2012 …

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