Permafrost Melt Soon Irreversible Without Major Fossil Fuel Cuts
By Stephen Leahy
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Feb 17, 2011 (IPS) – Thawing permafrost is threatening to overwhelm attempts to keep the planet from getting too hot for human survival.
Without major reductions in the use of fossil fuels, as much as two-thirds of the world’s gigantic storehouse of frozen carbon could be released, a new study reported. That would push global temperatures several degrees higher, making large parts of the planet uninhabitable.
Once the Arctic gets warm enough, the carbon and methane emissions from thawing permafrost will kick-start a feedback that will amplify the current warming rate, says Kevin Schaefer, a scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado. That will likely be irreversible.
via Permafrost Melt Soon Irreversible Without Major Fossil Fuel Cuts – IPS ipsnews.net.
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Brutal Crackdown in Belarus
By Pavol Stracansky
PRAGUE, Feb 9, 2011 (IPS) – Repressions in Europe’s last dictatorship show no signs of abating despite EU sanctions and international condemnation. International rights watchdogs warn that human rights abuses in Belarus have reached a “new low”, and activists say that no one appears safe from Alexander Lukashenka’s brutal crackdowns in the wake of his controversial re-election as president.
Surviving the Sexist Genocide in Guatemala
By Danilo Valladares
GUATEMALA CITY, Feb 8, 2011 (IPS) – “He would punch my head all the time, pull my hair, smack and kick me. And he would make me wear long sleeves to hide the bruises; even on my wedding day I had a black and blue mark on my arm,” Heidi Velásquez told IPS in Guatemala.….