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    约翰内斯堡--恐怖主义和全球气候变暖在许多人的心目中是对地球最大的威胁。在美国,布什政府想要为边境安全和移民执法增加经费将近20%。现在,花费在帮助纽约、新泽西以及康涅狄格州的公交系统防止和应对恐怖主义袭击的经费达到一亿五千万美元以上。

    但是国际恐怖主义每年杀害总共四百人。我们愿意花多少钱来降低这一死亡数目25%呢?十亿美元还是一千亿美元?

    与此同时,决策者们云集夏威夷讨论一项气候变化条约来取代京都议定书。各个环境院外活动团体想要让下一个条约比京都议定书更进一步,而这一议定书已经每年让全世界花费一千八百亿美元。实际上,通过京都议定书或者相似的条约来减缓全球气候变暖的努力所带来的效果微不足道,只不过在2100年前把温度上升延迟七天而已。

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