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State of the Union Tomorrow...Will Global Warming be a Priority? January 30, 2006 12:16 PM

Environmental Defense: Finding the Ways that Work


Forward this list!Tell your family and friends to email Washington!

Tomorrow, President Bush will set the nation's priorities in his 6th State of the Union address. Will he mention the most pressing environmental threat of our time -- global warming?

We need your help. As President Bush prepares his speech, take a look at our list of global warming facts -- and forward this list to ten friends and family members. You've already helped send a message in the fight against global warming. Now we need you to spread the word to help make global warming a priority in 2006.

    1 Rank of 2005 as hottest year on record
     (tied with 1998), according to NASA.

    100% Increase in intensity and duration
    of hurricanes
    and tropical storms
    since the 1970's, according to a 2005 MIT study.

    $100 billionEstimate of damage caused by
    hitting the U.S. coast in 2005 
    alone, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

    2030 Year by which Glacier National Park will have no glaciers left, according to the U.S. Geological Survey predictions.

    400,000 Square miles of Arctic sea ice that have melted in the last 30 years (roughly the size of Texas), threatening polar bear habitats and further accelerating global warming worldwide,  according to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment.

    15-37% Amount of plant and animal species that global warming could wipe out by 2050.

    1 Rank of the United States as global warming polluter
     compared to other large nations.

    6 Number of former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leaders who say the U.S. is not doing enough to fight global warming.

    0 Number of bills passed by Congress to cut global
    warming pollution.

    0 Number of times President Bush has mentioned the words "global warming," or "climate change" in previous State of the Union addresses.

Global warming is the most critical environmental challenge we face. Time is running out. Please forward this list to your friends and encourage them to take action!

If you are unable to view this list, please visit our website.

Sources: NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2005 Study, Nature Magazine January 2004, National Climatic Data Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Arctic Climate Impact Assessment.

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