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There are a few genuinely upbeat news stories when it comes to this planet and people trying to figure out how to save us from ourselves and our fossil-fuel addiction. This at a moment of record global surface temperatures and record ocean heating when, despite the Paris climate accord of 2015, carbon dioxide from those fossil fuels is once again entering the atmosphere in record amounts. Take little Costa Rica, where Claudia Dobles, an urban planner who just happens to be the wife of the country’s president, has launched a model national decarbonization plan aimed at fully weaning that country off even the slightest reliance on fossil fuels by 2050. Or consider Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, whose mayor, Frank Jensen, is working to make it “carbon neutral” by 2022. Or think about the scientists now exploring far more controversial and futuristic geo-engineering schemes to try to deal with a world that could, in the decades to come, run amuck in global-warming terms — including the possibility of spraying planet-cooling aerosols like sulfur dioxide (in imitation of the gases emitted by volcanoes) into the atmosphere to reverse the effects of global warming.

Of course, while all of the above are hopeful, none of them offer full-scale solutions to a crisis that threatens to quite literally sink not just cities, but potentially civilization itself. As it happens, there is an obvious solution to the climate-change crisis staring us all in the face, one that TomDispatch regular Dilip Hiro (author of a particularly timely new book, Cold War in the Islamic World: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Struggle for Supremacy), brings up today. Forget Costa Rica, Copenhagen, aerosols, even that climate accord. Forget Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. Forget it all. On a planet that’s teetered at the edge of one kind of nuclear holocaust or another since mid-last century, there’s always the possibility that nuclear-armed India and Pakistan, so often near, or in, conflict, could go to war and it might prove to be the war to end all wars.

At any moment, as Hiro explains, some act of terror could set them off in a way that would lead to the planet’s first actual nuclear war. And here’s the thing: scientists believe that such a war in South Asia could not only kill millions in those two countries, but throw enough smoke and soot particulates into the atmosphere to cause a global nuclear winter. In that case, it’s estimated that somewhere between one and two billion inhabitants of this planet could die (mainly due to crop failures and starvation). But one problem created, another solved: climate change would, at least for the immediate future, be a thing of the past (as would a significant part of humanity). With that in mind, read Hiro, and think about a species that might have to rely on nuclear war to solve its problems.

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: India, Nuclear War, Pakistan 
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  1. This article so wrong in so many ways and I am far too lazy to detail it all. I’ll limit myself to:

    CO2 is good. Maxi net benefit all over, especially more food.

    Global warming is good, if indeed it is actually happening. Maxi net benefit all over, especially more food.

    Dangers of a nuclear war between the Paks and the Indians massively exaggerated for all except the Paks and Indians themselves. Much of this nuclear winter stuff has been debunked. These two only have a few hundred smallish nukes between them anyway. Barely enough to spare a few for the Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis and Chinese. See nothing to worry about at all!

    I did cast my eye over this article a second time to make sure it was not an April fools piece, but alas it seems the author is being serious. Perhaps this is an artifact in support of the Dunning Kruger Theory

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    , @Rev. Spooner
  2. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    “There are a few genuinely upbeat news stories when it comes to this planet and people trying to figure out how to save us from ourselves and our fossil-fuel addiction.”

    But the Dilip Hiro article purportedly being introduced here by Mr. Engelhardt isn’t.

    Another week, another pimping of a “TomDispatch regular” in the Climapocalyptic Crusade.

  3. Anon[385] • Disclaimer says:
    @Leander Starr

    CO2, like water, is doubleplus good. Which is why farmers complaining about flooding in Nebraska is a hoax. Flooding the land with something good is wonderful!

  4. @Leander Starr

    I did cast my eye over this article a second
    If that doesn’t sound arrogant, I don’t what does. And you announce to the world your stupidity by adding
    These two only have a few hundred smallish nukes between them anyway. Barely enough to spare a few for the Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis and Chinese. See nothing to worry about at all!
    Nice to know you live on another planet.
    You are not only stupid but a zionist and a racist too.

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  5. anon[216] • Disclaimer says:

    if white countries are being overrun by third world invaders why should i give two sh!ts about your grobal warming?

    i don’t

  6. @Rev. Spooner

    “second time” – brush up on your reading skills

  7. climate change would, at least for the immediate future, be a thing of the past (as would a significant part of humanity).

    Too fucking stupid to pretend that “climate change” is just a direct replacement for “global warming” by hysterical warmists because of the inconvenient fact that “a moment of record global surface temperatures” is not happening.

    By the way, dipshit Tom, it’s hard to think of a more obvious example of real “climate change” than a nuclear winter.

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  8. If this conflict may become an existential threat the source of the problem is clearly not India. Instead it has to be radicals in Pakistan. I don’t know Pakistan well except for knowing the names of the major tribes such as Sindhis, Pashtuns and Punjabis.

    I don’t expect this to be a major problem. On the other hand Jewish-Muslim wars might be something a lot more disastrous..

  9. Anon[570] • Disclaimer says:
    @Oleaginous Outrager

    You’re too fucking stupid to realize “climate change” was a term used before “global warming;” it’s clearly not a “replacement.”

    And yes, record global surface temperatures are happening.

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