Время ясности

Йоханнесбург – Многие люди считают терроризм и глобальное потепление самыми серьезными угрозами планете. В Соединенных Штатах администрация Буша хочет увеличить финансирование охраны границ и контроля над иммиграцией почти на 20%. Более 150 миллионов долларов расходуется на то, чтобы помочь системам транзита в Нью-Йорке, Нью-Джерси и Коннектикуте предотвратить террористические акты и реагировать на них.

Но международный терроризм в общей сложности убивает около 400 человек ежегодно. Сколько мы должны быть готовы заплатить за то, чтобы сократить число погибших, скажем, на 25% - один миллиард долларов, сто миллиардов?

Между тем, на Гавайских островах политики собрались для того, чтобы обсудить договор по борьбе с изменением климата, который должен будет заменить Киотский протокол. Лоббистские групп по охране окружающей среды хотят, чтобы следующий договор пошел гораздо дальше Киотского протокола, который уже обходится миру в 180 миллиардов долларов в год. Более того, усилия по замедлению глобального потепления в рамках Киотского протокола или аналогичного договора будут иметь лишь незначительный эффект, задержав повышение температуры всего на семь дней к 2100 году.

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