what's up with the warm weather? i've become that person that constantly brings up the same old issue over and over again, to everyone's chagrin. whenever anyone around me comments on the "nice" weather, i bring up global warming. have any of you been reading the doomsday news on this issue? i really don't get why no one is freaking out. consider these facts:
1. every single year since 1992 is on the current list of the 20 warmest years on record.
2. an international team of scientists determined that rising temperatures are likely to cause the melting of at least half of arctic sea ice by the end of the century.
3. the EPA estimates that the global sea level rose 6 to 12 inches over the last 100 years. One or 2 inches of that rise is blamed on glaciers melting, the rest is due to the fact that seawater expands as it gets warmer. in the coming century, sea levels are expected to rise another 12 to 24 inches, enough to cause devastating flooding.
4. the bush administration is considering putting polar bears on the endangered list.
scientists predict the effects of global warming will include the extinction of millions of species, widespread flooding, changes in the earth's temperature, precipitation, storm patterns, and the level of the oceans. all of this will have severe effects on agriculture, transporation, public health, and the availability of clean drinking water.
and who is to blame for all this death and destruction? i was suprised to learn that a recent UN report suggests the world's vast cattle herds actually emit more of those nasty greenhouse gases that increase climate heat than all the cars, planes and other forms of transport put together. cattle grazing is also a major cause of deforestation. the UN experts say that unless we make some big changes, the massive eco-damage done by livestock will more than double by 2050 as meat consumption increases.
so i say, save the polar bears: go vegetarian!
here are three pages that have some other suggestions: 1 2 3