Global Op-Ed Pleads for Deal on Climate Change
The unprecedented joint editorial calls on world leaders to "make the right choice" about how to share what they refer to as a "newly precious resource" -- the remaining allotment of carbon that might be emitted before there is no turning back from catastrophic temperature increases.
"Today 56 newspapers in 45 countries take the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. We do so because humanity faces a profound emergency. Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet, and with it our prosperity and security. In scientific journals the question is no longer whether humans are to blame, but how little time we have got left to limit the damage...Many of us, particularly in the developed world, will have to change our lifestyles. The era of flights that cost less than the taxi ride to the airport is drawing to a close. We will have to shop, eat and travel more intelligently. We will have to pay more for our energy, and use less of it."