Заплатят ли те, кто загрязняет атмосферу, за изменение климата?

Я пишу эту статью в Нью-Йорке в начале августа, когда мэр города объявил «чрезвычайное положение в связи с жарой» с целью предотвращения отключения электричества, вызванного чрезмерным потреблением электроэнергии из-за использования кондиционеров. В офисах, где термостаты установлены на температуру ниже 78 градусов по Фаренгейту (25.5°С), работникам могут быть предъявлены уголовные обвинения. Несмотря на это, потребление электроэнергии достигло почти рекордного уровня.

Тем временем в Калифорнии закончился период рекордной для этого штата жары. Для Соединенных Штатов в целом первые шесть месяцев 2006 года были самыми жаркими за больше, чем последние сто лет. В Европе также стоит необычно жаркое лето. В июле новые рекорды были поставлены а Англии и Нидерландах, имеющих метеорологические данные за последние триста лет.

Жаркое лето в северных странах хорошо сочетается с выходом документального фильма с участием бывшего вице-президента США Эла Гора «Неудобная правда». С помощью поразительных графиков, фотографий и другой информации фильм предоставляет убедительные доказательства того, что выбросы в атмосферу углекислого газа в результате деятельности человека вызывают глобальное потепление или, по меньшей мере, значительно ускоряют этот процесс, и что нам надо срочно искать решение этой проблемы.

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