The February 2nd report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that human activities, in the form of greenhouse gas emissions, are the cause of global warming. Some scientists think we only have a decade left to try to fix the problem. Meanwhile, major oil companies are trying desperately to debunk the study.
CNN reports that an Exxon-Mobil think tank sent letters to scientists offering them $10,000 if they would criticize the findings of the new UN study. Is this the type of "think tank" that will be attached to President Bush's proposed $500 billion presidential library?
In the Independent Steve Connor reports that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, and the corresponding increases in average global temperatures, are higher than at any time over the past 650,000 years, meaning that ?the IPCC has therefore concluded that the global warming we have observed in recent decades is the likely result of human activity.? The IPCC report points out that 11 of the 12 warmest years since 1850 have occurred since 1995.
Connor says, "If we want to avoid catastrophic increases in sea levels we must attempt to limit the melting of the giant ice sheets off Greenland and west Antarctica. If one or both of the ice sheets disintegrate, sea levels would rise disastrously to inundate most of the major cities of the world as well as low-lying and densely populated countries such as Bangladesh. Many scientists believe that we have about 10 years left to enact policies that will curb dangerous climate change."
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