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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Chilling statistics about global warming

Rank of 2005 as hottest year on record (tied with 1998), according to NASA: 1.

Increase in intensity and duration of hurricanes and tropical storms since the 1970s, according to a 2005 MIT study: 100%.

Estimate of damage caused by hurricanes hitting the U.S. coast in 2005 alone, according to the National Climatic Data Center: $100 billion.

Year by which Glacier National Park will have no glaciers left, according to the U.S. Geological Survey predictions: 2030.

Square miles of Arctic sea ice that have melted in the last 30 years, threatening polar bear habitats and further accelerating global warming worldwide, according to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment: 400,000 (roughly the size of Texas).

Amount of plant and animal species that global warming could wipe out by 2050: 15 to 37%.

Rank of the United States as a global warming polluter compared to other large nations: 1.

Number of former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leaders who say the U.S. is not doing enough to fight global warming: 6.

Number of bills passed by Congress to cut global warming pollution: 0.

Sources: NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2005 Study, Nature Magazine January 2004, National Climatic Data Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Arctic Climate Impact Assessment.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Mike Landfair said...

Can I have a source for "Rank of the United States as a global warming polluter compared to other large nations: 1. "
Mover Mike

10:35 AM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Mike,

Here's one source:

http://www.environmentaldefense.org/article.cfm?contentID=4721

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Mike Landfair said...

Editor at large, you referred me to the Environmental Defense Org, not an unbiased organization and they said "Automobiles (cars and light trucks) are key to stopping global warming -- they spew out 20 percent of the nation's global warming pollution. And because the U.S. is world's largest global warming polluter, U.S. automobiles account for a significant chunk of the world's heat-trapping pollution -- about 5 percent"
So where did they get their information?

5:33 PM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Mike,

So you wanted an UNBIASED source...good luck with that! Even the most "objective" source has its bias. But if you're serious about trying to find one, do a Google search on "US global warming polluter rank." You'll have about 75,000 results to choose from...

4:56 PM  
Blogger Ms. Lori said...

Although statistics are important, I use my eyes and ears to tell me what's what. Heck, I use all of my five senses. Doesn't take a statistician or an environmentalist to know that our world is suffering -- badly.

In my opinion, those who aren’t terrified for our future fall into these four categories:

1) Folks who are easily lulled into submission by the Bush administration’s misinformation
2) Corporate sleazeballs
3) People who are too afraid to face the truth -- they close their eyes tight and wish with all their might that everything will go away
4) Stupid asses

Okay, so there’s really only ONE category they fall into. Idiots, the whole lot of them…

10:37 AM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Well, there's your unbiased source, Mike...Ms. Lori!

Thanks for telling it like it is, Ms. Lori!

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lori, I really disagree with what you said. The fact is, people, even some scientists, disagree on Global Warming. That doesn't mean they are idiots, they just aren't convinced yet. Sooner or later they could change their minds. But people aren't going to see things your way by you acting like an elitest snob. Presenting the real facts and staying away from the scare tactics to force someone into thinking like you is the worst way possible. Attacking the PEOPLE that don't believe in global warming instead of disputing the facts they spout, just shows intollerance and makes you sound like a pious "holier than thou" snob.

7:39 AM  

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