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White House Releases Disturbing Global Warming Report

White House Releases Disturbing Global Warming Report

The White House released a major scientific report today that should finally end any last lingering doubt about the extent of global warming.

Release of the report, a decade in the making, had been slowed by years of foot-dragging by the Bush administration.

Its message? Global warming is manmade. It’s irrefutable. And it’s occurring a lot faster than we thought, not only in remote polar regions, but throughout the fifty states.

Compiling years of peer-reviewed research from multiple national and international agencies, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the report is the most comprehensive assessment of the impacts of global warming in the United States to date. It offers concrete and unequivocal evidence that global warming is happening in our own backyards, already affecting the things we care about. It should be required reading for all Americans.

The report, a joint effort of 13 federal agencies as part of the United States Global Change Research Program, makes clear that global warming is not an opinion to be debated, but rather scientific fact to be addressed.

It looks at rising temperatures, heavy downpours, carbon emissions, and rising sea levels and how each will play out in the nation’s geographic regions. It also examines how climate change will affect every aspect of society, from energy production, to transportation, to agriculture. And the news isn’t good.

From major loss of coastal land in Florida, to the decline and possible disappearance of iconic species like California’s Joshua trees and the Pacific Northwest’s salmon, it lays out a bleak future, not only for the nation’s wildlands and wildlife, but for humans as well.

Yet, oddly, once you make it past the dismal statistics about rising temperatures, extreme weather, disappearing shorelines, and the world’s species and ecosystems being turned on their heads, the report offers hope for the future.

The message is that the end of this story will be ours to write. The report’s predictions depend on the decisions we make today.

Report projections show that global average temperatures could continue to increase another 2 to 11.5 degrees F this century (they have already increased 1.5 degrees F since 1900). However, it says that if we decrease emissions right away we can avoid the worst effects and put ourselves on the lower end of the impact spectrum.

Projections show more rapid changes if emissions are not curtailed.

The worst effects of climate change can be avoided through less carbon dioxide emissions, better fuel efficiency, development of energy that doesn’t release Co2, and helping human and natural communities adapt to the effects of global warming that we can’t avoid.

The science is clear and conclusive. We need to decide today if we’re going to condemn our children to an extremely challenging future, or take the opportunity to quickly address climate change now.

We can do the latter by passing climate and energy legislation that awaits a vote in the House of Representatives, possibly as early as next week.

This legislation, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, would address global warming by finally requiring polluters to pay for the gases they put into the atmosphere. But more than that, it would finally help create green jobs and a clean energy industry in the United States, avoiding the billions of dollars that failure to act will cost our world economy and state economies.

The Wilderness Society has been a strong advocate for this bill, which also includes dedicated funding for safeguarding natural resources and helping them adapt to a changing climate. This part is critical because restoring our economic health depends on the ability of our natural systems to fight global warming and better withstand the effects they are already feeling.

Take action for our planet! Urge your Congressperson to support the American Clean Energy and Security Act today.

 

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8:10PM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Thank you for article.

8:10PM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Thank you for article.

8:09PM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Thank you for article.

12:22AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

thanks for sharing

9:04AM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

In 2009 this was a cause for concern
"The $7.6 billion winter recreation industry in northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. With shorter winters and more precipitation falling as rain than snow, the length of the winter snow season would be cut in half"
Still skiing in the US today, July, 2011

5:38AM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

thanks for sharing

7:57PM PDT on Jun 26, 2009

Isn't it interesting that Al Gore has increased his net worth by 99 million in the last ten years?? Promoting this global warming scam has been really good for him, what about you? Have you been wasting your time and resources promoting this propaganda boondoogle that if it becomes law will cost everyone ALOT! It will make many of those in power MUCH richer! The effect on the weather, NADA. The sun controls the weather on this planet. Decreasing causes of pollution is a good idea but forced by government at our expense is not going to work. Anything the government gets involved in has never worked well and is always costly! The scientists they use to make this report are hand picked for their support for this Solialist agenda of more control. More and more real scientists are speaking out and saying that they don't believe this scam. Making a difference is changing personal choices, not taxing and government control.

8:27AM PDT on Jun 25, 2009

do you really care about climate change? if so are you promoting the fact that by adopting a vegan diet we can halt 80% of climate change & end world hunger 2? You can make a huge difference, one bite at a time! A small change in our diet, can benefit us both locally and globally! Our food-print makes up a majority of our carbon-footprint. Scientific research shows that the factory farming is the #1 cause of pollution – more than all transportation around the world combined. It’s also a major cause of deforestation, soil degradation, water/food shortages, as well as an inefficient use of grain, soy, electricity & petroleum. So the most impactful, signal thing one can do is 2B vegan
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12:42PM PDT on Jun 24, 2009

It begins with me, then you and you and on and on. Think and do what I think will conserve, preserve and save. Do the talk and then the walk. Tell your Senators this is serious. Do they think they will be saved? Pass the clean air and security act.

7:00AM PDT on Jun 24, 2009

Well, say what you want. Seeing is believing. I know what the Bible says about being more blessed those who have not seen and yet believed. I'm no Doubting Thomas but the government is no Jesus. Hear! Hear! Let's see some work done with the taxpayers' money on slowing down global warming. God bless/

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