IF the world fails to reach agreement on tackling climate change soon then it could end in war, climate scientist Tim Flannery has warned.
Like many others, he is concerned at a lack of progress ahead of a crucial UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December.
If there is no deal some time in the next year then there is a risk of momentum fading and the problem getting beyond the reach of world leaders, said Prof Flannery, who is in New York for climate talks.
"My greatest fear is that once people stop negotiating, once diplomacy fails, that's potentially a prelude for war."
That could mean conflict over carbon tariffs, over the mass migration of climate-affected people or over serious water shortages, Prof Flannery said.
It might not happen for decades but it was a real threat if Copenhagen failed. "The triggers are there for conflict," the former Australian of the year said.
I'm anxious to see what they're going to threaten the world with next...maybe one of those "if we can't take care of the planet, aliens from outer space will invade and take it away from us because we don't deserve it" movie plots or something.
Of course, this is the same guy who advocates pumping sulphur gas into the atmosphere to combat global warming.
Since the 1990's we've been receiving dire warnings of impending doom due to global warming/climate change...we're fast approaching 20 years on the subject. All I want to know is when some of it is going to start coming true? When can we start dismissing this b.s. out of common sense? I mean, those of us who haven't already been doing that for the past 20 years...