Scientists from dozens of nations are hoping they can fire up the political powers to cool down the planet. In a preliminary gathering in Copenhagen next month, the world's climate watchers are hoping to generate interest and momentum to get national governments to take more aggressive action to combat global warming.
At the end of this year Copenhagen will host the next official round of talks in an attempt to come up with a successor to the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. Of course, the U.S. and China, league leaders in air pollution, refused to sign onto the first global treaty. Watching the current snarling over a "stimulus plan" in the U.S. Senate it is not clear the U.S. would ever ratify a Copenhagen Treaty either. The argument against global action is that any anti-pollution efforts would just cost too much and hurt the U.S. economy. I gotta ask: more than say wars in Asia, 18 billion barrels of oil per day, rampant bankers and ponzi schemes?
Anyway the scientists still cling to the optimistic view that facts and science may finally speak to those who hold the reins of power.