The worst effects of climate change will not be experienced by many of you reading this post or by me, the writer. It will be the generations after us who will suffer, particularly from rising sea levels. Consider a recent study on Antarctica by the University of Texas.
East Antarctica is lost ice mass at an average rate of five to 109 gigatons a year from April 2002 to January 2009, according to the study. The rate increased from 2006. The increased rate could cause sea levels to rise sooner than expected. The entire Antarctic region could be losing ice at the rate of 113 to 267 gigatons a year, with 106 to 158 gigatons from West Antarctica.
“The key result is that we appear to be seeing a large amount of ice loss in East Antarctica, mostly in the long coastal regions (in Wilkes Land and Victoria Land), since 2006,” said University of Texas scientist Jianli Chen. “This, if confirmed, could indicate a state change of East Antarctica, which could pose a large impact on global sea levels in the future,” Chen said.
Another study found Greenland and Antarctica melting ice will cause a higher sea level rise. Scientific data by the environmental group, Clean Air-Cool Planet said climate change will cause at least a one meter rise in sea levels by the end of this century.
Next month representatives from countries will meet in Copenhagen to hammer out the details of a new climate change treaty. The Congress has yet to pass a climate change bill. A Reuters article stated that the majority of nations have abandoned the hope of agreeing to a binding legal treaty, “partly because of uncertainty about what the United States will be able to offer.”
It is clear that our nation must pass legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We elect the members of congress and it is time for us to remind them that as electors what we want matters. Sign the following petition: Press Senate On Climate Change. Go one step further and send an email to your senator, telling them you want them to pass climate change legislation. You can find contact information for congress at Congress.org. Remind congress that the generations to follow are counting on them.