WEATHER FORECAST: DON'T ASK
The final word on global warming is out, and the news is awful: Even if CO2 levels were frozen at current levels, the damage will continue for centuries, with rising oceans, intense storms, widespread drought and floods. If tomorrow we shut down every smokestack factory, junked every car, and returned to the Stone Age, it cannot be stopped.
And that's the GOOD news. According to some climatologists, the panel's forecasts are too cautious because they don't take into account more recent studies, for example, about glacier melt in Greenland, which can greatly increase how much the sea level will rise, and how fast.
While the Bush Administration is officially in denial about the existence of global warming, the United States is leading research into geo-engineering schemes, include deliberately polluting the stratosphere with tiny sulphur dioxide particles or putting trillions of wafer-thin reflectors into orbit. The U.S. government has been lobbying the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to include geo-engineering in the third part of its report to be released in May on ways to mitigate the impacts