I am working with David Wood materials, and I found his personal blog, and thought this was interesting. I can feel the warming, and I am very concern by it. Take the time to learn about it and do what you can to help our planet!

Relli

MM #90: Global Warming: The Results are IN! (Special Issue by David Wood)

I mostly quote from Time Magazine – as it’s a bit more credible than me 😉 Anything not in quotes is from me.

“Our current respons to global warming is like jumpingout a 20 story window and counting each floor as you go saying’so far, so good’ ….” – Anonymous

Conclusions

The Earth is heating up. Humans are contributing to it. Projections are bad to catastrophic. We’re seeing scary effects already. If we stopped all CO2 emissions today, we’re still probably screwed. Yet we’re making it worse. Any serious debate is largely over. Even in the face of uncertainty, it’s smart for us to take BIG action steps. The U.S. – as the biggest offender – must take action, instead of blocking action.
Is Global Warming really happening?
In 2007 the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has finally stopped hedging: “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal”.
These findings have been endorsed by the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Society (UK), the Russian Academy of Sciences, and a dozen other leading scientific bodies.
But are humans really causing it?
The above U.N. report stated there is “very high confidence” that humans have played a significant role by overloading the atmosphere with carbon dioxide (CO2). The report concluded that while the long-term solution is to reduce CO2 levels, for now we’re going to have to dig in and prepare, building better levees, moving to higher ground and abandoning vulnerable floodplains altogether.
Hang on…don’t ancient examples of global warming suggest that it’s occurrence in our time may be natural as well?
“Although this is certainly possible, it appears unlikely. While the causes…in earlier instances…remain unknown, scientists agree that the current rise in levels of greenhouse gases is largely of human origin.” – Time Magazine
But isn’t there a lot of debate?
“For years, popular skepticism about climatological science stood in the way of addressing the problem, but the naysayers – many of whom were on the payroll of energy companies – have become an increasingly marginalized breed.” – Time Magazine
And again, there are dozens of leading scientific bodies which have finally reached a consensus – not an easy thing in any field!
But if I have any doubt, I shouldn’t do anything yet, right?
As above, there is no serious debate anymore. But even if there was, wouldn’t just the chance that thousands of credible scientists are right, be reason to act – just to be safe? Call it an insurance policy. Here’s an 8 minute argument for acting that has had 3 million views on Youtube!
Well, OK. But will the effects be that bad?
Well let’s see. Floods. Droughts. Fires. Hurricanes. Sea level rising 20 feet. War. Species becoming extinct. More disease. Yes, it looks like they will be that bad.
But won’t it take hundreds of years for it to get serious?
Ummm….Hurricane Katrina?
We’ve been hoping that “the glacial pace of nature would give us decades ore even centuries to sort out the problem. But [nature] can move with surprising speed….global climate systems are booby-trapped with tipping points and feedback loops…..the slow creep of environmental decay gives way to sudden and self-perpetuating collapse.” – Time Magazine
But what if we take a bunch of action, and it turns out thousands of leading scientists were wrong? Or it was a plot by thousands of greenies to make money from scare tactics?
Then we might feel pretty silly. And the economy might take a hit. Oh no! Compare this to the option of not taking action because you’re waiting for everyone to agree, and the entire Greenland ice shelf melts.
Which course of action seems the most responsible to you?
The U.S., Asia, and the Rest of the World
“The U.S. is home to less than 5% of the world’s people,yet it produces 25% of the CO2 emissions on the planet”- Time Magazine
174 nations have ratified the Kyoto treaty to reduce carbon emissions. (And I’m a little teary that the second-last developed nation to hold out, Australia, finally ratified it December 3, 2007).
The U.S. has not ratified the treaty, along with Afghanistan, Iraq, Brunei, and Tajikistan.
The explosive growth in China and India is scary – way scary – and in 50 years they’ll be the ones with the biggest impact. China and India seem willing to make moves, but Time Magazine says “they feel Washington must take the lead.”
“Bush has called for a new international accord to fight climate change to be in place by the end of 2008. But most of the measures he supports involve voluntary , not mandatory, emissions controls, rather than the laws with teeth scientists are calling for. …Bush explicitly rejected mandatory caps on emissions.” – Time Magazine
This breaks his 2000 campaign promise: “We will require all power plants to meet clean-air standards in order to reduce emissions of…carbon dioxide within a reasonable period of time.” George W. Bush
What can you do? 5 easy things:
Change all your light bulbs to energy savers (CFL’s) – you’ll save money over the long run. Order them today.
Move your thermostat down 3° in winter (wear a sweater!) and up 3° in summer.
Call your utility company and ask for a free or low-cost energy audit.
Turn off electronic devices you’re not using them, and unplug devices from the wall (yep – standby power accounts for
Take public transport (and trade your car for a hybrid)
Conclusions
The Earth is heating up. Humans are contributing to it. Projections are bad to catastrophic. We’re seeing scary effects already. If we stopped all CO2 emissions today, we’re still probably screwed. Yet we’re making it worse. Any serious debate is largely over. Even in the face of uncertainty, it’s smart for us to take BIG action steps. The U.S. – as the biggest offender – must take action, instead of blocking action.
ACTION
If you’re not yet convinced that action is required:
Watch ‘The Most Terrifying Video You’ll Ever See‘ (8 min)
Read ‘How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic‘, and The Royal Society’s guide, to get your biggest questions answered.
Post your conclusion (or remaining questions) on the blog here. (Hint: If you like to debate – that’s the place to do it)

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