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‘Game Changer’ Report on Global Warming June 24, 2009

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thermometerLast week, White House science adviser John Holdren and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Jane Lubchenco released a report on how climate change is already affecting the United States. It points out that U.S. temperatures have increased over the past 50 years and will only continue to increase, causing extreme changes in weather and adverse effects on public health. While Lubchenco called the report “a game-changer,” Senator James Inhofe called it “yet another alarmist report” and “nothing new.”

So what side do you agree with? Is climate change something you feel that we need to worry about now?

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Global Temperature on the Rise April 21, 2009

Posted by Tom in Government policies, Interesting stories, Research, Studies.
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1169983_global_warmingThe National Climatic Data Center released data on Thursday that revealed the Earth’s temperature from the first three months of 2009 was the 8th warmest ever recorded for that January-March period. If this trend continues, this year will be the 33rd consecutive year of above-average global temperatures.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research also reported that if we cut greehouse gas emissions by 70%, we would be able to greatly reduce the affects of global warming. But as carbon levels continue to rise, how is this affecting us? How will it affect us in the future? One reason many people remain apathetic about the issue of global warming is because most of us, in our everyday lives, are unaffected by it. Sure, we feel good after setting the thermostat one or two degrees up in the summer or down in the winter, and it’s nice to know we’re helping the environment by flipping off the lights when we leave a room, but what are we actually helping to preserve?

As human beings, we may feel no more than a little warmer as a result of climate change, but many species of animals around the world build their lives around temperatures, and the changing of the seasons. The migration lengths of some birds are lengthening, putting their lives at danger because they may not be able to adapt to traveling such long distances without food. Another study concluded that over a million species could be driven to extinction from global warming since so many animals are affected by even the slightest temperature shift.

If that isn’t enough, there’s always the deadly, more immediate effects of global warming on humans, including the spread of disease because many disease-carrying insects will migrate north because they can survive in the now-warmer weather. Hurricanes become more frequent with warmer oceans, there will be increased droughts, and these natural disasters could have tremendous effects on the world economy. If that’s still not enough, go through this list of things that we could have to learn how to live without if global warming continues to progress.

Fortunately, there is still hope for the future if we continue to push for lower emission standards as well as do our own part by saving energy every day. But as these studies show, it’s important to start now, before it’s too late.

Are Your Priorities Green? October 10, 2008

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Going Green. . . Energy Savings. . . Global Climate Change. . . Recycling. . . For some people, these words evoke strong emotions. Environmental issues are at the top, or near the top, of their life’s priority list. For others, green issues (except for greenbacks) barely register on their emotional meters and they don’t find their way into their daily lives.

Worth the energy. Certainly, there is no shortage of information, or commentary on the information out there. So why am I adding my two-cents and creating this blog?

Very simply, I have been interested in, and involved with, environmental issues throughout my life. My business life has been focused on combining business and environment – reducing traditional energy usage through solar power, temperature controls, you name it. I am one of the people who holds the environment as a top priority. And I’m looking forward to using this blog to share some of my thoughts – and encourage comments and start a dialogue with some of you.

How badly we are damaging the environment, and how quickly is this damage accelerating? Will our great-grandchildren or even our children truly bear the brunt of our environmental mistakes? Going green – it’s a snappy phrase, but how do we best do this? Can we right the ship by all of us going green in our own way, in our own lives? Energy savings – can we really find ways to save money and spare the environment at the same time? What about global warming? Is that political rhetoric or are we in for really big trouble in the decades ahead?

I ponder all of these issues. And I hope many of you do the same. I look forward to our chats and hope to share some insights gained through many years of firmly believing that it is Worth the Energy to make worthwhile changes.