污染者会为气候变化付出代价吗?

我八月上旬在纽约写这篇文章,当时,纽约市长宣布实行“高温紧急状态”来防止由于预期的大量使用空调而造成的大范围停电。市政雇员如果把他们的空调温度调到华氏78度 (摄氏25.5度) 以下就会面临刑事指控。但是,用电量还是接近历史最高记录。

与此同时,加利福尼亚刚刚走出该州自己的破记录的热浪。美国全国而言,2006年的头六个月是一个多世纪内最热的。欧洲也在经历一个不同寻常的酷暑。英国和荷兰的七月份气温都创下新高,这两个国家的天气数据记录超过300年。

北半球的酷暑与美国前副总统戈尔主持的电影纪录片“烦恼的真相”不谋而合。这部电影使用一些生动的图表、画面以及其他信息,有力地阐明了人类的二氧化碳排放造成全球气候变暖,或者至少是促进气候变暖,并且大力呼吁处理这一问题是当务之急。

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