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What does it mean and what can I do about it?
January 1, 2009: 3,146 Global Earth Scientists
June, 2009--The science academies of France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Russia, plus Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and South Africa, called on their leaders to "seize all opportunities" to address global climate change that "is happening even faster than previously estimated.”
June, 2009--The Inter Academy Panel, a network of the world's science academies, issued a statement warning that ocean acidification caused by carbon dioxide emissions will have a profound impact on marine ecosystems
Comprised of Scientists from Dept’s of:
Commerce, Defense, Energy, Interior, Agriculture, State, Transportation, Health & Human Services
NASA, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, Agency for International Dev., EPA
Climate changes are real, have consequences, and need attention
Annual Sea Ice Minimum
Annual Sea Ice Minimum
#2: Shrinking Mountain Glaciers
This means less water for food for billions
…. in Western USA, South America, Africa and Asia
#1 Sea Level Rise (5-9 in last 100 yrs)
50% flooded by 2090
= 400,000 people
- salt water intrusion everywhere
Will Release Massive Methane & CO2
Latest estimate of the amount of carbon in Permafrost is 1.7 trillion tons. More than in atmosphere now.
Permafrost line now 90 miles north vs 1960.
Source: Union of Concerned Scientists 2009
Or what You can do as an individual
Before We Begin, A Reality Check….
Consider 2 Powerful Concepts
1-Conservation(avoidingenergy use when practical)
2-Efficiency(stretching your energy $’s)
Conserve(avoiding energy use when practical)
Become More Efficient (stretching energy $’s)
Things to Consider…
Communicate Your Position with Elected Officials
Support all technologies that greatly Reduce or Eliminate CO2 Emissions: (Nat gas; Wind; Solar; Nuclear; Hi Eff buildings; Hybrid & electric vehicles; Fuel cells; Very efficient appliances; LED / CFL lights)
“Six months ago my biggest worry was that an emissions deal would make American business less competitive compared to China; Now my concern is that every day that we delay trying to find a price for carbon is a day that China uses to dominate the green economy.”
It Starts with You
According to recent estimates from the Integrated Global Systems Model at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the median forecast is for a climb of 9 degrees Fahrenheit by century’s end, in the absence of effective countermeasures.
According to the same M.I.T. model, there is a 10 percent chance that the average global temperature will rise more than 12.4 degrees by 2100, Warming on that scale would be truly catastrophic.
“Most people would pay a substantial share of their wealth — much more, certainly, than the modest cost of a carbon tax — to avoid having someone pull the trigger on a gun pointed at their Kid’s head with one bullet and nine empty chambers. Yet that’s the kind of risk that some people think we should take”.
Robert H. Frank is an economist at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
“Hot, Flat & Crowded”- Thomas Friedman