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  • Mar.26 - The heat is on: Global warming is the real deal

    Be worried, be very worried
    The climate is crashing, and global warming is to blame

    Sunday, March 26, 2006; Posted: 11:27 a.m. EST (16:27 GMT)

    Editor's note: The following is a summary of this week's Time magazine cover story.


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    Manage Alerts | What Is This? (Time.com) -- No one can say exactly what it looks like when a planet takes ill, but it probably looks a lot like Earth.

    Never mind what you've heard about global warming as a slow-motion emergency that would take decades to play out. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the crisis is upon us.

    From heat waves to storms to floods to fires to massive glacial melts, the global climate seems to be crashing around us.

    The problem -- as scientists suspected but few others appreciated -- is that global climate systems are booby-trapped with tipping points and feedback loops, thresholds past which the slow creep of environmental decay gives way to sudden and self-perpetuating collapse. That's just what's happening now.

    It's at the north and south poles -- where ice cover is crumbling to slush -- that the crisis is being felt the most acutely.

    Late last year, for example, researchers analyzed data from Canadian and European satellites and found that the Greenland ice sheet is not only melting, but doing so faster and faster, with 53 cubic miles draining away into the sea last year alone, compared to 23 cubic miles in 1996.

    One of the reasons the loss of the planet's ice cover is accelerating is that as the poles' bright white surface disappears it changes the relationship of the Earth and the sun. Polar ice is so reflective that 90 percent of the sunlight that strikes it simply bounces back into space, taking its energy with it. Ocean water does just the opposite, absorbing 90 percent of the light and heat it receives, meaning that each mile of ice that melts vanishes faster than the mile that preceded it.

    This is what scientists call a feedback loop, and a similar one is also melting the frozen land called permafrost, much of which has been frozen -- since the end of last ice age in fact, or at least 8,000 years ago.

    Sealed inside that cryonic time capsule are layers of decaying organic matter, thick with carbon, which itself can transform into CO2. In places like the southern boundary of Alaska the soil is now melting and softening.

    As fast as global warming is changing the oceans and ice caps, it's having an even more immediate effect on land. Droughts are increasingly common as higher temperatures also bake moisture out of soil faster, causing dry regions that live at the margins to tip into full-blown crisis.

    Wildfires in such sensitive regions as Indonesia, the western U.S. and even inland Alaska have been occurring with increased frequency as timberlands grow more parched. Those forests that don't succumb to fire can simply die from thirst.

    With habitats crashing, the animals that call them home are succumbing too. In Alaska, salmon populations are faltering as melting permafrost pours mud into rivers, burying the gravel the fish need for spawning. Small animals such as bushy tailed rats, chipmunks and pinion mice are being chased upslope by rising temperatures, until they at last have no place to run.

    And with sea ice vanishing, polar bears are starting to turn up drowned. "There will be no polar ice by 2060," says Larry Schweiger, president of the National Wildlife Federation. "Somewhere along that path, the polar bear drops out."

    So much environmental collapse has at last awakened much of the world, particularly the 141 nations that have ratified the Kyoto treaty to reduce emissions. The Bush administration, however, has shown no willingness to address the warming crisis in a serious way and Congress has not been much more encouraging.

    Sens. John McCain and Joe Lieberman have twice been unable to get even mild measures to limit carbon emissions through a recalcitrant Senate.

    A 10-member House delegation did recently travel to Antarctica, Australia and New Zealand to meet with scientists studying climate change. "Of the 10 of us, only three were believers to begin with," says Rep. Sherman Boehlert of New York. "Every one of the others said this opened their eyes."

    But lawmakers who still applaud themselves for recognizing global warming are hardly the same as lawmakers with the courage to reverse it, and increasingly, state and local governments are stepping forward.

    The mayors of more than 200 cities have signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, pledging, among other things, that they will meet the Kyoto goal of reducing greenhouse emissions in their own cities to 1990 levels by 2012. Nine northeastern states have established the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative for the purpose of developing a program to cap greenhouse gasses.

    http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/26/coverstory/index.html
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  • #2
    im probably going to be dead by the time global warming takes it's full effect,which i heard was going to be around 2080 or some shit.weather its true or not i dont give a fuck,ill just live my life to the fullest.

    but anyways props for the news

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    • #3
      We are fucking the world to the most.
      Somebody wants you
      Somebody needs you
      Somebody dreams about you every single night
      Somebody can't breath without you, it's lonely
      Somebody hopes that one day you will see
      Somebody's Me

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      • #4
        Ah well.

        We were due for extinction anyways. The cycle that causes mass extinction every 70 million years is over 2 million years late with us.

        C'est la vie!

        I can't say I feel bad for our species, only the others. Earth would be better off without human beings.

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        • #5
          you might have children and grand children u ignorant fuck.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ressy
            you might have children and grand children u ignorant fuck.
            Yeah I probably will. And I hope they understand what a cancer human beings have been on the Earth and how much we deserve our extinction, you ignorant fuck.

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            • #7
              you're a moron..

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              • #8
                Is that all you can say? Throw mediocore childish insults at me to prove your point?

                Do not mistake my wants with what I say. I don't want humanity to become extinct, I don't want us to never reach the peak of our evolution.

                But that doesn't mean we shouldn't be exempt from paying the consequences for our actions.

                If you're commiting an armed robbery, and you shoot the teller out of the passion of the moment but never wanted to hurt him/her and he/she dies... Of course you didn't WANT the person to die, but you were still doing a bad thing and you must pay for your actions.

                So just because this robber didn't want the teller to die during this robbery, does that exempt him from a felony murder or manslaughter charge? No.

                But you reap what you sow, and it's a shame you cannot see that as being universal. We've caused mass extinctions throughout this planet. Up until 400 years ago, a species every 100 years would go extinct. That went to a species every year thanks to humanity. So we must pay for our crimes, because whether you or anyone else likes to admit it or not we fucked up. We didn't mean to harm that teller, but we did.

                For being the most intelligent species on our planet, we sure are dumb as fuck don't you think?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Harry
                  Yeah I probably will. And I hope they understand what a cancer human beings have been on the Earth and how much we deserve our extinction, you ignorant fuck.
                  True that.

                  Did you know that in the bible it says that God regrets that he did the human race!
                  Last edited by gabe; 03-26-2006, 01:10 PM.
                  Even when I was underage,
                  Mom was tellin' cops I was tryin' to run away,
                  I told her "Someday bitch you're gonna pay,"

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                  • #10
                    we got the earth like a 2006 lamborghini and returned it to make it look like a fuckin 1982 toyota cressida with no steering wheels broken windows and a dead hooker in the trunk
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Harry
                      Is that all you can say? Throw mediocore childish insults at me to prove your point?
                      Do not mistake my wants with what I say. I don't want humanity to become extinct, I don't want us to never reach the peak of our evolution.
                      But that doesn't mean we shouldn't be exempt from paying the consequences for our actions.
                      If you're commiting an armed robbery, and you shoot the teller out of the passion of the moment but never wanted to hurt him/her and he/she dies... Of course you didn't WANT the person to die, but you were still doing a bad thing and you must pay for your actions.
                      So just because this robber didn't want the teller to die during this robbery, does that exempt him from a felony murder or manslaughter charge? No.
                      But you reap what you sow, and it's a shame you cannot see that as being universal. We've caused mass extinctions throughout this planet. Up until 400 years ago, a species every 100 years would go extinct. That went to a species every year thanks to humanity. So we must pay for our crimes, because whether you or anyone else likes to admit it or not we fucked up. We didn't mean to harm that teller, but we did.
                      For being the most intelligent species on our planet, we sure are dumb as fuck don't you think?
                      is that what you have to do? write an essay to prove get a point across? and yea i think the a portion human species is acting dumb; a majority however, isn't. the big media is too corrupted/lazy to do anything about it, thats where the problem is

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Harry
                        Yeah I probably will. And I hope they understand what a cancer human beings have been on the Earth and how much we deserve our extinction, you ignorant fuck.
                        I hope you won't, there are already so many stupid parents on this planet. Anyway do you also still blame the germans for their nazi regime? you're saying your (grand)children deserve to die because of the 'cancer' human beings have been (rofl). germans also still need to be punished right for the WWII? Don't give me your stupid idealist crap, nobody is to be blamed for this global warming effect, it is a collateral effect of the modernized society. If you still think however that humans should extinct because of our 'cancerness', you shouldn't even have children at all and act according to your words (but I guess you are just full of shit and trying to sound interesting here, rofl)

                        fool

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                        • #13
                          we all dead man
                          if theres good in every evil
                          then theres evil in every good

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                          • #14
                            I just wish I'd gotten this theory to more people, by cooling down the areas of the north pole the earth could be stabilized again.

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                            • #15
                              We can stop this. But people are too greedy.

                              The love of money is behind all this.

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