Here is my in progress email. Any further contributions would be appreciated
Global Warming & Global Climate Change have become popular topics of division in recent politics. My hope is to offer information on what we know and to overlook and/or look over our assumptions in order to build bridges and create solutions that meet everyone’s interests.
“In the last decade, climatologists have reached a consensus that a doubling of CO2 would warm the Earth 1.5-4.5°C (3-8°F), which could leave our planet warmer than it has ever been during the last two million years (National Academy of Sciences, 1979). Moreover, humanity is increasing the concentrations of other gases whose combined greenhouse effect could be as great as that due to CO2 alone, including methane, chlorofluorocarbons, nitrous oxide, and sulfur dioxide (Ramanathan et al., 1985). Even with the recent agreement to curtail the use of CFCs, global temperatures could rise as much as 5°C (9°F) in the next century (Smith and Tirpak, 1988). Global warming would alter precipitation patterns, change the frequency of droughts and severe storms, and raise the level of the oceans.”
Global warming or Global Climate Change is definitely happening and it will have an effect on the coming generations. It is not entirely possible to prove that humans are the cause of global warming, but it is possible to monitor the trends. Regardless of who or what is to blame, there are things that need to be done, and can be done; by humans, to limit ours and future generations suffering. Following, is a list of some valuable global warming information. I hope you take the time to get informed on these issues.
Global Warming Basics
Global Climate Change Basics
Global Dimming Basics
(thanks psik, I saw that show on television a while back)
POLITICAL INTERFERENCE WITH CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE
UNDER THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION
UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM
(Thanks for this link Doug)
TED Videos: A Greener Future?
The environmental debate has traditionally been characterized as a conflict between economic progress and preservation of the planet. Most TED speakers, however, insist that we can have both—provided we’re smart about it.
William McDonough: The wisdom of designing Cradle to Cradle
Alex Steffen: Inspired ideas for a sustainable future
Stephen Petranek: 10 ways the world could end
John Doerr: Seeking salvation and profit in greentech
Al Gore: 15 ways to avert a climate crisis