Drayton's Gazette discusses social and political issues happening around the globe through the eyes of the African American, minority and disaffected communities.

Vanishing Island’s by: V. Lyn

 In 1997 Vice President Gore saw his efforts on the Kyoto Protocol signed by President Clinton but the Republican controlled Senate refused to ratify it. The reason they gave was concern for the economy and that certain developing countries did not have to comply to the new emissions standards.

In 2000 despite Bush’s campaign promise to regulate emissions he pulled the U.S. out of the Kyoto accords.      Threatened island of Tuvalu

While most industrial countries have given their support for the Kyoto Protocol the largest greenhouse producer, the United States is still not a member of the Kyoto accord even as of 2010. On May 23, 2002,  Iceland became the 55th country to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. When Russia ratified the agreement in November 2004, the second condition was satisfied, and the Kyoto Protocol entered into force on February 16 2005. Kyoto Protocol has binding legal power.

From Wikipedia “As of November 2009, 187 countries and one regional economic organization (the EC) have ratified the protocol” As of 2010 the United States is still not participating in the Kyoto accords…they however are a part of the UNFCCC which has no legal teeth. The United States rather says that they along with Japan and Brazil  and others can self regulate …which is very similar to saying the fox is watching the hen house.  However the United States has no problem telling other countries what policies or agreements they should comply with.

The Marshalls Island and other atolls are in jeopardy of disappearing under an encroaching sea due to climate change, waters made warm due to global warming expand making the sea table rise the warming waters  then melt glaciers adding to the water table. Already their sea levels are raising putting at risk over 60,000 people who will be some of the first refugees  of global warming.

 Island of Carterets photo from UNHCR (United Nations high Commision for Refugees)

The way of life for the people of the Carterets  which is a part of Papua New Guinea is also in question as rising sea levels are threatening their traditions, society and culture.

The are many places on earth that are IMMENIENTLY threatened by Global warming, the Maldives for one, and  for those who need disaster to strike close to home before they care, there is Yellowstone Park and Glacier National Park which has seen a radical reduction of it’s glacier where there are only 26 glaciers compared to 150 from just a mere 150 years ago.


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