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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Global Warming - the issues behind catastrophe

Be worried, be very worried
The climate is crashing, and global warming is to blame

Never mind what you've heard about global warming as a slow-motion emergency that would take decades to play out. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the crisis is upon us.

From heat waves to storms to floods to fires to massive glacial melts, the global climate seems to be crashing around us.

The problem -- as scientists suspected but few others appreciated -- is that global climate systems are booby-trapped with tipping points and feedback loops, thresholds past which the slow creep of environmental decay gives way to sudden and self-perpetuating collapse. That's just what's happening now.......

...... As fast as global warming is changing the oceans and ice caps, it's having an even more immediate effect on land. Droughts are increasingly common as higher temperatures also bake moisture out of soil faster, causing dry regions that live at the margins to tip into full-blown crisis.

Wildfires in such sensitive regions as Indonesia, the western U.S. and even inland Alaska have been occurring with increased frequency as timberlands grow more parched. Those forests that don't succumb to fire can simply die from thirst.

With habitats crashing, the animals that call them home are succumbing too. In Alaska, salmon populations are faltering as melting permafrost pours mud into rivers, burying the gravel the fish need for spawning. Small animals such as bushy tailed rats, chipmunks and pinion mice are being chased upslope by rising temperatures, until they at last have no place to run. ......

The full article can be found here: TIME.com

My Comments:

The threat of Global Warming and the disasters which may follow are very real. However, it may be that the cause is not the burning of fossil fuels alone (which would, of course, provide a let-out clause for the US, still trying to dodge KYOTO).

There is compelling scientific evidence coming from Russian scientists that other factors may be to blame, including impacts suffered by the Earth's surface over recent years. This article: Greenhouse Theory Smashed by biggest stone, for example, makes a great deal of sense.

Worth checking out .....

posted by summersun70 at 10:20 AM

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