It's easy to be a doom-and-gloom environmental kook because all your hysterical predictions about the end of the world aren't supposed to happen until long after you've been forgotten. That's why this story is so out of the ordinary...
Our planet is just five years away from climate change catastrophe - but can still be saved, according to a new report.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) warns governments have until 2012 to "plant the seeds of change" and make positive moves to limit carbon emissions.
If they fail to do so, the WWF's Vision For 2050 warns "generations to come will have to live with the compromises and hardships caused by their inability to act".
"We have a small window of time in which we can plant the seeds of change, and that is the next five years," James Leape, from the WWF, said.
"We cannot afford to waste them. This is not something that governments can put off until the future."
We can't accurately predict the weather for next week. What makes these zealots think they can predict the weather 50 years from now?