Friday, January 19, 2007

Losing Battle

Mother Earth is losing the battle with carbon dioxide. We need to get our heads out of our asses and get some serious and painful environmental policy in place yesterday. Tomorrow is going to be too late for us. Tell yourself everyday and several others that this is the only place we have to live and no one else is going to do it for us. Everything you can do, and I mean everything from turning off that light when you leave the room to turning down the thermostat and putting on another sweater, is necessary from from all of us to turn this mess around.
New figures from dozens of measuring stations across the world reveal that concentrations of CO2, the main greenhouse gas, rose at record levels during 2006 - the fourth year in the last five to show a sharp increase. Experts are puzzled because the spike, which follows decades of more modest annual rises, does not appear to match the pattern of steady increases in human emissions.

At its most far reaching, the finding could indicate that global temperatures are making forests, soils and oceans less able to absorb carbon dioxide - a shift that would make it harder to tackle global warming. Such a shift would worsen even the gloomy predictions of the Stern Review which warned that we had little over a decade to tackle rising emissions to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

If you haven't changed out all of the incandescent light bulbs in your house for fluorescent then shame on you. (and me but the last couple will be done today!) If you are still making unnecessary trips to the store by car and on and on. We are in trouble folks. Let's get serious.

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