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2010 may be a record-setting year for Mother Earth

November 22, 2010

2010 is shaping up to be a real record-setting year. These aren’t “good” records though, and they’re cause for serious concern.

Global carbon dioxide emissions are predicted to hit record levels this year, according to a study led by the University of Exeter in the UK.  Equally depressing is the fact that 2010 is on track to be the Earth’s hottest year on record. If you’ve stepped outside this Fall and been pleasantly surprised by the warm weather, you should understand that the temperate weather you’re enjoying comes at a huge cost.

The harsh reality is that climate change is a global threat, and it will effect us all. We have to get out of that “manana mentality” and stop taking an apathetic stance simply because it isn’t effecting our lives at the moment. We must start proactively addressing global warming today.

Al Gore illustrated this very issue in an Inconvenient Truth. He uses the boiling frog anecdote . The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, the little guy will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and he’ll be cooked to death. It’s an apt metaphor for describing the general consensus of our world’s inability to react to the significant warning signs of global warming that are occurring gradually.

Watch the clip from An Inconvenient Truth:

Thomas Friedman re-purposed a similar metaphor in a recent column. He said, “If you jump off the top of an 80-story building, for 79 floors you can think you’re flying. It’s the sudden stop at the end that tells you you’re not.” The quote is actually pulled from his book Hot, Flat & Crowded, and the metaphor is from Paul Romer, a Standford economist. Regardless, it illustrates the point that we all live in a culture that thinks it can fly until it falls. It scares me to think that so many people couldn’t care less — until global warming affects their lives in some way. This could take the form of a natural disaster, similar to Katrina or the floods in Pakistan.

The fact of the matter is that the science of global warming is real. Ninety-eight climate scientists out of 100 say that man’s continued carbon emissions pose the risk of disruptive climate change this century. Two out of 100 will tell you it doesn’t. As Friedman has said, “Conservatives tell you to bet on the two.” This just doesn’t make any sense. If we listen to these climate-deniers who tell us to ignore science, there is no doubt that we will meet that sudden stop at the end.

Fortunately, there are Republican Politicians out there who aren’t climate deniers. Recently, GOP Republican Bob Inglis slammed his own party for their refusal to listen to scientific experts on climate change.

Watch as he blasts the GOP climate deniers here:

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