Global Warming Issues


One by One, They Melt Away
Monday, April 30, 2007, 5:33 pm
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Scientists have reported that Germany’s Zugspitze glacier is melting at an alarmingly fast rate due to global warming and will eventually melt completely. The glacier is a German national treasure and is a major tourist destination. Therefore, its loss would be devastating to businesses in towns surrounding the glacier, as well as the German tourist industry as a whole. Currently, sun-repellent shields are placed on the surface of the glacier to try to slow the melting and Germany continues to urge the international community to combat global warming. Hopefully we will get our act together in time to save this and other glaciers around the world. Click here to read more.



Happy Earth Day!
Sunday, April 22, 2007, 3:49 pm
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GWI would like to be the first to wish you all a Happy Earth Day! Starbucks has created a really cool (and educational) earth day game. Click here to play!



“We Can’t Be THAT Stupid”
Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 5:26 am
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According to the AP, the UN has recently released it’s second volume of a four volume series on Global Warming, designed to provide an authoritative resource on the current and future states of our planet and the species that reside on it. Over 2,000 scientists and researchers contributed to this new publication, which includes a ‘map to extinction,’ which lists the likely effects rising temperatures will have by the degree. For example, a two Celsius degree increase – which will probably occur by 2050 at the rate we’re going – would cause 20%-30% of all living species worldwide to go extinct and would cause as many as 2 billion people to be without water.

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Yes, these are the dire consequences we are all worried about. However, one would have expected these scientists to be more concerned. Why aren’t they? Because they’re optimistic, optimistic that WE will take this information and do our part to make sure we never reach those levels of global warming. As the author of the first volume, Harvard University oceanographer James McCarthy, so eloquently stated,”The worst stuff is not going to happen because we can’t be that stupid.”

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Bufo periglenes or the Golden Toad is believed to have gone extinct due to a 30 year warming trend. They may be the first of many species to go extinct due to Global Warming, caused by humans.



War Over Water
Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 6:15 am
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According to the AP, national security think-tank The CNA Corporation, six retired admirals, and five retired generals have written a new report detailing the effects that global warming will have on National Security in the next 30-40 years. In their report, they predicted wars over water, hunger, disease, and flooding to occur at alarming rates, ruining and ending the lives of people all over the world. Gen. Anthony “Tony” Zinni, former commander of U.S. Central Command, writes, “We will pay to reduce greenhouse gas emissions today, and we’ll have to take an economic hit of some kind. Or we will pay the price later in military terms. And that will involve human lives. There will be a human toll.”



Feelin’ the Heat
Monday, April 16, 2007, 5:48 am
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Mark Fiore’s at it again. Here’s his newest rendition on Global Warming, entitled “Feeling the Heat.” Enjoy!



Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Environmentalists
Sunday, April 15, 2007, 5:55 am
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Until recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and George Bush were working together to pretty much ignore the fact that greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other large businesses contribute to global warming. President Bush refused to place any mandatory greenhouse gas regulations on United States businesses for fear of harming our economy. The EPA in turn, claimed that they therefore had no authority to regulate fossil fuel emissions from cars and factories. However, by passing the Clean Air Act, the Supreme Court has ruled that Carbon Dioxide is an air pollutant, and that the EPA therefore has the authority to regulate its emission.