Category Archives: Climate Change

Increasing global temperature will cause sea level to rise, and is expected to increase the intensity of extreme weather events and to change the amount and pattern of precipitation. Other effects of global warming include changes in agricultural yields, trade routes, glacier retreat, species extinctions and increases in the ranges of disease vectors.
In recent usage, especially in the context of environmental policy, the term “climate change” often refers to changes in modern climate (see global warming). Remaining scientific uncertainties include the amount of warming expected in the future, and how warming and related changes will vary from region to region around the globe. Most national governments have signed and ratified the Kyoto Protocol aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but there is ongoing political and public debate worldwide regarding what, if any, action should be taken to reduce or reverse future warming or to adapt to its expected consequences. (excerpts selected from Wikipedia)

The Face of Climate Protection

 

A Greener Mount Rushmore

A Greener Mount Rushmore

Since Greenpeace went to all the trouble to hang this banner, the least I can do is post the photo here.  The publicity stunt was timed to coincide with the G8 Summit in Italy.

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Climate Change Kills 300,000 People Each Year

logoIn a report issued on May 29th, the Global Humanitarian Forum estimates that 300,000 people die each year from disasters related to Climate Change.  The Forum, a think-tank led by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, also believes that Climate Change seriously affects 325 million people and causes $125 billion in damage every year.

Climate Change disproportionately affects the poorest countries and the poorest people.  The United Nations estimates that Africa will need $1 billion a year to help manage the effects of Climate Change, including the cost of relocating refugees.

Similarly, the International Organization for Migration claims that Climate Change will produce more than 200 million refugees by 2050.  Many of these refugees will come from island nations that disappear due to rising oceans.

The affects of Climate Change are real.  How many people will be forced to suffer before we make the serious changes needed to combat Global Warming?

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