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Next big global crash is going to be our climate

Johann Hari

Published 26/11/2010 | 05:00

Polar bears are among those animals whose habitats are threatened by global warming
Polar bears are among those animals whose habitats are threatened by global warming

Why are the world's governments bothering? Why are they jetting to Cancun next week to discuss global warming? The vogue has passed. The fad has faded. Global warming is yesterday's apocalypse.

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Didn't somebody leak an email that showed it was all made up? Doesn't it sometimes snow in the winter? Didn't Al Gore get fat, or something?

Alas, the biosphere doesn't read 'Vogue'. Nobody thought to tell it that global warming is so 2007, darling. All it knows is three facts: 2010 is globally the hottest year since records began; 2010 is the year humanity's emissions of planet-warming gases reached its highest level ever; and, as the climate scientists predicted, we are seeing a rapid increase in catastrophic weather events, from the choking of Moscow by gigantic forest fires to the drowning of a quarter of Pakistan.

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