It’s Not Just Global Warming, It’s Local Warming

from Wildlife Promise

10 4/6/2007 // By Larry Schweiger

On the Release of IPCC Working Group II Report
Published April 6, 2007

The world’s preeminent scientists are telling us with unmistakable clarity that it’s not just global warming, it’s local warming. It’s happening where we live.

The cascade of evidence should overcome any question that we must act now to reduce global warming pollution.

We can solve this problem by consistently reducing global warming pollution by just 2 percent each year, 20 percent a decade. America can do this if America sets it mind to it.

America must choose between a fundamentally different planet or a fundamentally different energy future that breaks our oil addiction and aggressively opens the path to alternatives and renewables.

The report’s message is water, water, water – more drought in the West, more flooding in the East and higher sea levels along all our coasts.

Global warming’s potential to harm wildlife is one of the report’s central findings. Temperature increases of just a few degrees may propel 20 to 30 percent of all species toward extinction.

Global warming is as unfair as it is dangerous – it will strike the poor hardest. One to two billion people will face increased water scarcity with a global average temperature rise of about 3 degrees F from today’s temperatures.

We share a moral responsibility to confront global warming to protect our children’s future.

To view the report, go to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change website.