From the Editor's Desk
Dec 04, 2007
I would like to put to rest if possible the notion by global warming skeptics, (especially since they all seem to hold the same mentality), that just because some sector of the world is subjected to an extreme cold weather event, that this is proof positive that global warming is a farce. This irrational thinking is far from the truth, and the only ones being deceived are in fact the skeptics themselves.
The following article published in Science Daily in February of 2006 explains in the most logical terms, that most rational people can easily understand, is that as the global temperatures continue to rise; which they are, this in turn will bring about extreme climate change. Extreme weather would include torrential rains, more snow, and deadly heat waves. Just because we experience a harsh winter blast somewhere in the world, doesn't mean that global warming has gone away or was nothing more than the figment of the scientist's imagination.
The only thing more extreme than today's weather, is the hard-core and most often ill-informed mentality of the global warming skeptics. Fortunately, a consensus has been developed based on concrete scientific studies and data, that support the findings of the leading scientists and climatologists on this planet. We have but a short time frame in which to reverse the damage that has already been done to our planet. The changes we have already seen across this earth, may already be irreversible, but the argument about whether climate change is happening on a global scale does nothing to reverse the changes that are already occurring.
Climate change has become the most important issue facing our generation, as well as to our predecessors, yet the skeptics want to treat this vital issue as if it is some sort of boxing match. The point that must be made here is this: When you live in comfortable surroundings, with virtually everything at your disposal, you can't bear the brunt of having to give it all up at some point in time. This is why the skeptics find it so difficult to accept what is happening now, they can't fathom the idea that one day they may have to survive in a world devoid of all the creature comforts they have come to cherish. They will argue this point as well, but none of us can argue about the truth, and the truth is that we humans are our own worst enemies, we have plundered, polluted and striped our environment of everything essential to its ultimate survival.
Yet in all that is good about this earth, there is still a flicker of hope that we can overcome and learn from our mistakes if we have the will to do so. It is up to each of us to do our part to save this planet, otherwise we may find that all those things we cherish so much in this world will disappear and we will be left clinging to life only by a thread in a less than desirable world.
THE STORY AND VIDEO
February 1, 2006 — While raising average global temperatures, climate change could also bring more snow, harder rain, or heat waves, meteorologists say. Computer models based on climate data from nine countries indicate every place on the planet will be hit with extreme weather events, including coastal storms and floods.
If you don't like the weather now ... Just wait, huge changes could be in store. Some scientists predict severe weather events will be even more extreme over the next few decades -- more snow, harder rain, and hotter heat waves.
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Adapting to the damaging effects of climate change, plants are gradually moving to where temperatures are cooler, rainfall is greater, f...