This article in New Scientist is both disturbing and relieving at the same time. It is relieving in the sense that the US government has finally, under the burden of massive empirical evidence, capitulated that humans are causing the planet to heat up. If Australians could wake up finally and oust John Howard partially on the basis of his government’s refusal to act swiftly in response to climate change, then hopefully the Americans can follow suit. The alarming aspect is that it is way too little, way too late. If this is the sort of thing that governments (powerful, energy-hungry ones) are only now just waking up to, then any chance of serious mitigation is doubtful.