Global warming is starting to adversely affect humanity. And this has become strikingly obvious in the past year.
The impact of climate change is showing up as increasing food prices as the available food supply decreases.
And the spike in food prices has nothing to do with climate change per se. Rather it is the diversion of grain crops from use as food into use as fuel.
The price of corn, a staple in much of the world, has just about doubled in the past 12 months. there have already been riots in Mexico as a result - the so called tortilla wars
And here is the real problem, pure bio-diesel costs about US $3.50 a gallon or 92c a liter. To compare Diesel (already a blended with biodiesel) is retailing at about US $3.20 a gallon in Dallas.
But the biodiesel industry is growing in leaps and bounds as has the ethanol industry - ethanol is blended into petrol in the United States as a feel good measure.
And this is causing real problems. It even explains Servants query as to the rise in the price of chicken.
Chickens are raised on grain of course and as grain prices rise so do the price of eggs and chicken - economics 101. Moreover land used to produce other food is converted grow those more useful to produce biofuel increasing the price of those crops.
Of course the good people of Jeanette Fitzsimons' constituency can, for the time being anyway, absorb the increased in price of chicken and if they think about it at all when they get to the checkout will probably put the increased price down to human greed or something. It will never occur to them that it is green feel good measures that are at the primary driver behind this nor the impact these are having upon the less fortunate.
It will it never occur to them that they are fueling hunger in the third world as rice paddys are converted into jatropha fields to create biodiesel for rich western nations meet their "sustainability" targets.
As the worlds food reserves sink to the lowest level in 25 years it is becoming apparent how dangerous global warming really is. And it has nothing to do with melting ice sheets or disappearing polar bears and everything to do with pampered wealthy people worrying about phantom threats and taking actions to mitigate them at the expense of the poor.
But then I guess people from Africa are not as photogenic as polar bears.