We are at the pointy end of the stick now, all we can do is try arrest any more damage. Sure places like Bangladesh either suffer from flood or famine but it becomes more frequent when weather patterns change course. It really is a stupid argument to say why should developed countries (the West) keep curbing emissions while developing countries take up the slack and add to it. You have to start somewhere otherwise its all like lemmings over the cliff.<quoted text>
Seriously...Droughts are common in Pakistan and Pakistan has a long history of drought events: The Punjab province experienced the worst drought in 1899, 1920 and 1935. The North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) experienced the worst droughts in 1902 and 1951, while Sindh Province had its worst droughts in 1871, 1881, 1899, 1931, 1947 and 1998. The recent drought (1997-2001) was the longest dry spell in the past 50 years. So that means there was as an "extreme" drought 50 years ago.
I find it amazing that you complain constantly about people starving or dying from climate change, but our government has implemented a policy to "combat" climate change that actually starves people today and doesn't do squat to lower emissions. But yet you don't seem to have a problem with ethanol...you know all that corn being burned up in our cars and all the land that was used for wheat, soybeans, etc. now being used for corn to burn up in our cars. Are you also one of those people who agree with not allowing Ethiopians to build a hydroelectric dam and instead just give out cooking stoves?
If they had the spine, then you could hit imports with a duty for a product that has carbon loading. Or you could wait until China and India are all producing clean energy then do it. Which would obviously be too late. Thats the whole point, globalisation shifted a whole bunch of what was once clean manufacturing in the West to make it dirty in the East. Profit was the driving force not the environment. So the West cleaning up its act by throwing dirty over the fence did not do a damn thing. Business will not do this on their own, they have to be pushed or see a marketing opportunity in it. That is the only way to get change.