I'm watching 3 factors
1) The watch on the increase in frequency and/or intensity of hurricanes/tornadoes_ The 70+ tornadoes that cut a 5 state swath in the U.S. earleir this week would've been unusually high activity during a normal the Spring season, but in "Autumn"?
2) The watch on the spread of more exotic diseases that occur "naturally" as they are no longer confined to the extreme heat zones that spawned them ( forget the "unnatrual" Biological weapon bugs )
3) The rate at whicdh China adopts "western-style" energy consumption and emissions from *industrial* & *vehicular*
Just imagine another population of the U.S. with private cars and flying more along with the manufacturing plants running at capacity to produce them along with what they are producing now.
I know there's more ,but I don't have time so I've chosen these 3 factors as the best "flashpoint" warnings of cause/effect enviornment distortion measures.
In my opinion Saddam should have been hunted down as a Global War Criminal *just* for ordering the setting of the Kuwaiti Oil fields which burned for almost a full year at full blast.
I guess Bush Sr. is just accustomed to thinking of burning oil as profitable regardless of how it's done: it's all about market scarcity , stupid.
Yeah it's a cheap shot , but that's how I still feel .