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Saturday, March 06, 2010

Scientists Who Are Concerned ...

For a lot of us this past winter, global warming sounded kind of nice in comparison to our local weather, and it is difficult to connect warming with local cold and snowy weather.

Therefore, I am blogging the following informational article from the Union of Concerned Scientists:

Global Warming 101

Global warming is well underway and will have wide-ranging consequences for our health and well-being. The primary cause of global warming is from human activity, most significantly burning of fossil fuels to drive cars, generate electricity, and operate our homes and businesses. Tropical deforestation accounts for about 15 percent of global warming emissions.

When too much global warming pollution is released into the air, it acts like a blanket, trapping heat in our atmosphere and altering weather patterns globally and here in the U.S. We need to deeply reduce the heat-trapping emissions causing this effect if we are to address global warming.

By choosing to invest in clean and efficient energy technologies, industries, and approaches, we can greatly reduce the consequences of our changing climate. We have ample technology and ingenuity to reduce the threat of global warming today. By ramping up our use of renewable energy and energy efficiency, and increasing the efficiency of the cars we drive, we can take essential steps toward reducing our global warming pollution, and in the process transform our energy system to one that is cleaner and less dependent on oil and other fossil fuels.

For more than 20 years, UCS has worked together with leading climate experts from the scientific community to educate U.S. decision makers and the public about climate change and implement practical solutions at the federal, regional and state level. Our experts include climate scientists and economists, as well as technical experts in the energy and transportation sectors. We also work on international solutions to climate change, with particular emphasis on preserving tropical forests.

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