The global climate is changing at an incredible pace. There
is no way of telling what will happen - as anybody who ever planned a weekend
at the beach knows, scientists' ability to predict the weather is not at the
forefront of human achievements. The fact is, earth could actually be uninhabitable
for humans in 500 years- or in 200. There is plenty of evidence to suggest to
a forward thinking and well-read person that in 100 years it may be changed
beyond recognition. Many millions of lives are at stake. Yet Amercian politicians
do nothing -or undo what little has already been done - the media reports almost
nothing, the oil companies pay scientists to try to convince people there is
nothing unusual going on. Eventually the problem of climate change will reach
crisis proportions, where everybody has to pay attention. Then they will see
that we are facing a long term hazard which poses a serious threat to economic,
military, and social stability. By then it will certainly be too late to take
the most obviously helpful measures, like significantly reducting greenhouse
gas emissions. In addition to whatever other courses of action are taken to
deal with the problem, in an atmosphere of crisis, the response of many governments
will be to clamp down on dissent, the right to travel freely, and whatever other
civil liberties the crisis managers see as complicating their efforts. History
teaches that once lost, such freedoms are not easily reacquired.
I believe that if we act now, if people wake up and realize
that their education is waiting for them on the Internet, and that great political
change is not just possible, it is inevitable - only the form it will take is
in doubt - then we may have a chance. I believe that the key to success lies
in fighting for every one of the 6 billion plus human lives on the planet, regardless
of wealth and regardless of what form of government they live under. Saving
the earth means starting by trying to save those who are the most threatened
- the people who will be flooded, parched by drought, or ravaged by unexpected
and deadly new diseases. People can come together and seize control of the future.
Grassroots political initiative now can save tens of millions of lives. Apathy
will cost many more.
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civil liberties union, amnesty international, and vote for the most progressive
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The remainder of this page is an archive and collection of
links to major media news articles, official websites, and other interesting
items relating to global climate change. Please email the webmaster if you find a broken
link. This page is under very slow construction.
Maybe because the territory of Great Britain is smaller and
more exposed than that of the USA, the British Broadcasting Corp. has done a
better job of covering global warming/climate change than the American news
organizations. Here are links to a few of the BBC's more interesting stories
on the subject:
Effect Proven by Data
England forests may vanish
Passage opens for shipping
coastal ice thins fast
greenhouse gas threat
changes in Bering sea
Here are a few other articles about climate change
Scientists Increase Estimate
of Global Warming's Severity and the Los Angeles Times relates an 11 degree
increase in global average temperatures to the difference between LA and Seattle.
Ice Cover Melting: a summary from
the World Watch Institute
Climate Change illustrated -
pirated from the Hadley Center
Warming not to Blame - for all those big icebergs - from the NYT
Changing - from the NYT
Temperatures Rising, Even in the Depths - NYT
Gangsters - all about big oil
Click here for an interesting graphic
showing how much the polar ice cap has melted in 20 years.
Here are links to the most important governmental organizations
dealing with climate change.
- The US Govt. gets ready
The US Global Change Research
Information Office - lots of research information & links
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change - The most influential organization dealing with climate change
Research Center - Part of the British Meteorological Office
Framework Convention on Climate Change - resources page
Climate Research Unit
- Another British outpost of knowledge
Natural World: Climate Change from the NYT
Climate Canary: still singing?