Monday, May 02, 2005

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS - What is the carbon counter?

What is the carbon counter? Caspar Henderson explains the debate on openDemocracy.
E3G’s Carbon Clock will be an interactive tool showing how incremental rises in temperature are likely to impact the essential ecosystems on which human life and health depend, along with much of the rest of life on Earth.

It is reckoned that, for example, a one-degree Centigrade increase in temperature could see the demise of already critically endangered species such as the Bengal tiger (India) and mountain gorilla (Central Africa). At an increase of one-to-two degrees, rice farmers who feed hundreds of millions in Asia and elsewhere are likely to see their crops fail. Such impacts are likely to be imminent.