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#245#246#247#248 Episode #249 - Pulling Back from the Brink
(Taking Responsibility for Climate Change)

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Sun 10 April 2005  Lester Brown, Art Weaver
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Download Hour1 Download Hour2 We are altering the hospitable climate of our planet, in ways that are likely to become increasingly disastrous in the very near term. This problem, and possible solutions, are the topic if the program this week.
A new United Nations report predicts dire consequences over the next 50 years from the damage done to the world's natural environment by humankind. According to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment study shows how human activities are causing environmental damage on a massive scale throughout the world, and how biodiversity, the very basis for life on Earth is declining at an alarming rate. Findings in the report were based on research from more than 1300 experts in 95 countries. Its authors stated that over the last half century, humans have polluted or overexploited two thirds of the ecological systems on which life depends, increasing the chances of unprecedented and abrupt ecological collapses.
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