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Drastic Cuts to Greenhouse Gases Could Save Hundreds of U.S. Cities From Watery Grave


Environment  (tags: water, climate-change, climate, sea level rise, fate of cities worldwide, ecosystems, environment, destruction, habitatdestruction, habitat, humans, nature, protection, research )

Cal
- 389 days ago - news.mongabay.com
More than 1,700 American cities and towns - including Boston, New York, and Miami - are at greater risk from rising sea levels than previously feared, a new study has found.



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John S. (300)
Friday August 2, 2013, 4:23 am
Most of these areas have been underwater in the past, but it is probably a good plan to build in another place, someday you might have waterfront property.
 

pam w. (191)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:59 am
Does anyone here think big business and its Congressional toadies will support drastic cuts?
 

Alice C. (1797)
Friday August 2, 2013, 7:22 am
Perhaps we should start building Arks !
 

Alice C. (1797)
Friday August 2, 2013, 7:25 am
Some people have elevated their homes along the Delaware river because of the damage from hurricanes.
 

Carol D. (109)
Friday August 2, 2013, 10:08 am
The more that is built and the more trees and forests that are cut down the more everywhere will flood maybe they have to start building floating cities
 

Gloria picchetti (286)
Friday August 2, 2013, 11:47 am
I wouldn't buy a home on Malibu Beach.
 

Dianne D. (457)
Friday August 2, 2013, 12:32 pm
People will not do anything that will inconvenience them. The only way to get their attention is if it hits them in the pocketbook.
 

Dave C. (214)
Friday August 2, 2013, 12:46 pm
the more people there are, the more places we move/live where there maybe should not be populations ????
 

Birgit W. (144)
Friday August 2, 2013, 1:03 pm
Thanks.
 

Andre Yokers (6)
Friday August 2, 2013, 1:29 pm
Thanks. Hope everything works out well!
 

Lisa Zilli (17)
Friday August 2, 2013, 1:41 pm
Thanks.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Friday August 2, 2013, 2:02 pm
Thank you.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Friday August 2, 2013, 2:43 pm
More talk! When is the US, the largest per capita polluter in the world going to do something?
 

Inge Bjorkman (137)
Friday August 2, 2013, 3:01 pm
Noted

Love
 

Jeremy S. (2)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:25 pm
How many years have scientists been warning the world about greenhouse gases? And how many years has Congress been sticking its collective head in the (soon to be waterlogged) sand?

Too many.
 

S J. (116)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:34 pm
Most polluters always refuse to cut it down, GDP is the most important.
Noted, thanks Cal.
 

Chris Lemos (1)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:52 pm
Todo mundo cego! Continuam cortando árvores pra fazer pastos de gado que serão submetidos à dolorosa morte,
pra satisfazer um prazer de zumbi ao comer as suas carnes. Go vegan!!! É a única saída para salvar o planeta. Não acreditem em mim.Busquem A VERDADE!!
 

Sonny Honrado (6)
Friday August 2, 2013, 8:06 pm
Noted!
 

Monica D. (580)
Friday August 2, 2013, 8:54 pm
Use less oil - go car-free if you can ...
 

Nimue P. (231)
Friday August 2, 2013, 9:22 pm
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 2, 2013, 9:39 pm
How much longer with cattle and animal - based industries continue to spew our methane, (20x more powerful at trapping heat than carbon) rip up moisture and temperature sustaining forests, dust up the land, heat up + dry out the atmosphere and surface lands / waters? Our modern energy-, chemical- and GMO-intensive industrial food farming systems are the major cause of man-made global warming. by taking a more inclusive look at the scientific data on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions - not just carbon dioxide (CO2), but also methane and nitrous oxide. Next, by doing a full accounting of the fossil fuel consumption and emissions of the entire industrial food and farming cycle, including inputs, equipment, production, processing, distribution, heating, cooling and waste. And finally, by factoring in the indirect impacts of contemporary agriculture, which include deforestation and wetlands destruction.

When you add it all up, the picture is clear: Contemporary agriculture is burning up our planet. And factory farms or, in industry lingo, Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), play a key role in this impending disaster.
Have humans not seen yet that they are responsible for this destruction? That wolf, buffalo, indigenous vegetation, tribes are suffering and even bees are being driven towards extinction by there every = day shopping decisions?
How much longer with the vast majority of people choose to destroy us all by continuing to choose each day he hell-making animal-based diet over the wise, compassionate, Earth Saving diet?
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 2, 2013, 9:39 pm
If 1 person exchanges eating meat / animal products for a vegan diet, they'll reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 tons per year.
If every American dropped one serving of chicken per week from their diet, it would save the same amount of CO2 emissions as taking 500,000 cars off the road.
Chickens, turkeys, pigs and cows are collectively the largest producer of methane in the U.S.
Methane is 20x more powerful at trapping heat in the Earth's atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
The meat, egg, and dairy industries produce 65% of worldwide nitrous oxide emissions.
Nitrous Oxide is 300x more powerful at trapping heat in the Earth's atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
1 calorie from animal protein requires 11x as much fossil fuel as 1 calorie of plant protein.
The diets of meat eaters create 7x the greenhouse emissions as the diet of vegans.
Nearly half of all water used in the U.S. goes to raising animals for human food.
It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat.
1 pound of wheat takes 25 gallons.
You'd save more water by not eating one lb of meat than you would by not taking a shower for 6 months.
A vegan diet requires 300 gallons of water per day vs. meat-eating diet which requires 4,000 gallons per day.
Animals raised for food create 89,000 lbs of excrement per second, none of which benefits from the waste-treatment facilities human excrement does.
 

Lona Goudswaard (68)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 6:13 am
I wish us all very good luck with the GOP AND a reduction of greenhouse gasses.
 

Winn Adams (191)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 6:44 am
Thanks
 

GGmaSheila D. (162)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 3:16 pm
So very happy I live in central MN, high ground, with very little chance of flooding. Noted and thank you for the informative article.
 
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