Yeah, either that or they’re just idiots!
I trusted the facts about the degradation of the environment (and the destruction of the rain-forest, as it made sense to me that the latter would cause the former) back when I was in third grade and we learned about the rain-forest, and they told us how it gave us fresh air and that it was a shame that they were cutting it down (and it didn’t take an Einstein to figure out we should stop doing that or there’d be serious consequences — this was way back in 1993 — the Earth has continued to suffer for the past 17 years!) but we’re working on it… finding and inventing solutions (and now it’s time to implement them)!
The Union of Concerned Scientist, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the U.S. Global Change Research Program (as well as the EPA), and the International Arctic Science Committee (as well as hundreds of other groups) cannot all be wrong!
Here are some quotes:
NY Times said: “The world’s leading climate scientists said global warming has begun, is very likely caused by man, and will be unstoppable for centuries…. The phrase very likelytranslates to a more than 90 percent certainty that global warming is caused by man’s burning of fossil fuels. That was the strongest conclusion to date, making it nearly impossible to say natural forces are to blame.”
US Global Change Research Program: “Observations show that warming of the climate is unequivocal. The global warming observed over the past 50 years is due primarily to human-induced emissions of heat-trapping gases. These emissions come mainly from the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and gas), with important contributions from the clearing of forests, agricultural practices, and other activities.
and “Climate-related changes have already been observed globally and in the United States. These include increases in air and water temperatures, reduced frost days, increased frequency and intensity of heavy downpours, a rise in sea level, and reduced snow cover, glaciers, permafrost, and sea ice.”
and finally: from the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment report: “Climate conditions in the past provide evidence that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are associated with rising global temperatures. Human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas), and secondarily the clearing of land, have increased the concentration of carbon dioxide, methane, and other heat-trapping (“greenhouse”) gases in the atmosphere…There is international scientific consensus that most of the warming observed over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities.”
It’s happening as we speak — and there is [THANK GOD! more than] little than we can do! — we can be advocates of change — we can support alternative energy and investment in green technologies — we can lead sustainable lifestyles and try our best to live as “Leavers” (ones who do not reap the planet and take for granted all that we can take) — and we can try to conserve resources and energy (instead of wasting and squandering them for the wrong purposes)… try to work for good!
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