“Global warming is now such a serious threat to mankind that climate change experts are calling for Second World War-style rationing in rich countries to bring down carbon emissions,” environment correspondent, Louise Gray wrote in Britain’s Telegraph under the headline, “Cancun climate change summit: scientists call for rationing in developed world
Apparently a fair number of scientific papers have been published by Britain’s Royal Society saying that temperatures might rise as much as 4C (7.2F) by 2060. And to prevent that, at least one expert thinks World War II-style rationing would be a good idea.
Prof Anderson insisted that halting growth in the rich world does not necessarily mean a recession or a worse lifestyle, it just means making adjustments in everyday life such as using public transport and wearing a sweater rather than turning on the heating.
“I am not saying we have to go back to living in caves,” he said. “Our emissions were a lot less ten years ago and we got by okay then.”
So, the approximately 10,000 delegates to the Cancún shindig aka COP 16 [the 16th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change], while not meeting or staying in caves, have tightened their belts in solidarity: