The results are in. Global warming is real. It's more than an environmental issue; it's about our national security, it's about our public health. It's an urgent matter of survival for everyone on the planet - the most urgent threat facing humanity today. That's why it's going to take more than policy debates and think tanks and lip service from governments. It's going to take action - by you, by all of us working together.
The first step is to join stopglobalwarming.org!
What is Global Warming?
We exist on this planet because the earth naturally traps just enough heat in the atmosphere to keep the temperature within a very narrow range - which creates the conditions that give us breathable air, clean water, and weather we can survive. Human beings have begun to tip that balance. We've overloaded the atmosphere with heat- trapping gasses from our cars and factories and power plants. If we don't start fixing the problem - right now - there will be devastating changes to our environment. We will experience extreme temperatures, rises in sea levels, and storms of unimaginable destructive fury.
Recently, alarming events that are consistent with scientific predictions about the effects of climate change have become more and more commonplace.
The massive ice sheets in the Arctic are melting at alarming rates. This is causing the oceans to rise. That is how big these ice sheets are! Most of the worlds population lives on or near the coasts. Rising ocean levels, an estimated six feet over the next 100 years will cause massive devastation and economic catastrophe to population centers worldwide.
Malaria. Dengue Fever. Encephalitis. These names are not usually heard in emergency rooms and doctors offices in the United States. But if we dont act to curb global warming, they will be. As temperatures rise, disease-carrying mosquitoes and rodents spread, infecting people in their wake. Doctors at the Harvard Medical School have linked recent U.S. outbreaks of dengue ('breakbone') fever, malaria, hantavirus and other diseases to climate change.
Super powerful hurricanes, fueled by warmer ocean temperatures are the smoking-gun of global warming. Since 1970, the number of category 4 and 5 events has risen sharply. Hurricane Katrina, in September of 2005 almost became a category 6 event. Human activities are adding an alarming amount of pollution to the earths atmosphere causing catastrophic shifts in weather patterns. These shifts will cause severe heat, floods and worse.
Here are things we can all do:
Join StopGlobalWarming.org. Together our voices will be heard!
Action items - things you can do to help stop global warming.
The United States, with only four percent of the world's population, is responsible for 22% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Here are things we can all do:
In the yard.
Using a push mower instead of a power mower will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 pounds per year.
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A rapid transition to energy efficiency and renewable energy sources will combat global warming, protect human health, create new jobs, protect habitat and wildlife, and ensure a secure, affordable energy future.
Energy: Use renewable energy sources and reduce the amount of energy we consume.
Air: Increase fuel efficiency standards. Cap the CO2 emissions from power plants. Shift investment to renewable energy sources.
Water: Use less energy by using less water.