Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Global warming will devastate economy: report

Global warming could devastate the world economy on a scale we haven't seen since the world wars and the Great Depression, a major report by a British economist says.

Sir Nicholas Stern, the report's author and a senior government economist, said unchecked global warming could shrink the global economy by 20 per cent -- and cost a whopping $7 trillion in lost output.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who introduced the report today, called for "bold and decisive action" to cut carbon emissions and stem the worst of temperature rise.

He said the Stern Review showed scientific evidence that global warming was "overwhelming" and its consequences "disastrous."

If no action is taken, says Stern, up to 200 million people could become refugees as their homes are hit by drought or flood from rising sea levels.

Further, up to 40 per cent of wildlife species could become extinct, and melting glaciers could cause water shortages for one sixth of the world's population, the report says.

Despite the gloomy forecast, Stern said he is "optimistic" that if the world powers act "strongly and urgently," the effects can be minimized.

Stern's report is expected to increase pressure on the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush to step up its efforts to fight global warming. The Bush administration never approved the Kyoto climate-change accord.

Stern is a former chief economist of the World Bank.

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Monday, October 30, 2006

Bruin Democrats Flickr

The Bruin Democrats are proud to announce a new addition to their website: a Flickr photo gallery account, where photos from all events will be added! You can view our pictures in an easy to navigate way, and save full sized pictures to your computer (ideal for printing). Also, please feel free to comment on photos. New pictures will be added shortly after every event, and pictures from previous years may be added slowly as they turn up. If you have any pictures from previous events that you would like to see added, please contact the webmaster, Taylor Kayatta, through the Bruin Dems email address bruindem@ucla.edu.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Absolutely Bone-Chilling Democratic Commercial

Just another reason why we need to keep up the heat these next few days.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Bruin Democrats Kickoff BBQ!!

Do you like free food?

Do you like free fun?

Do you like free hangout time with UCLA Democrats???

Then come to the Bruin Democrats Quarter BBQ Kickoff!!!

The BBQ starts at 6:00 PM this Wednesday (10/4) at Sunset Rec. Meet up with everyone at the Sproul turnaround at 5:45 to walk up to the ever-elusive location of the BBQ. Tasty food will be provided (Vegetarian food as well, for our non meat-eating friends). There will be tons of hot political talk: "Congressman Foley said WHAT?!?!?!?!?!? And the Speaker of the House knew about it WHEN?!???!?!?!". And best of all, there will be a ton of Bruin Democrats to hang out with.

So come on out to our BBQ, it'll be a ton of fun, we'll discuss the very important upcoming quarter, and everyone will love it!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!