Clean Energy Common Sense: An American Call to Action on by Frances Beinecke

By Frances Beinecke

Encouraged by means of Thomas Paine's vintage, good judgment, Frances Beinecke presents a concise account of what's at stake within the weather swap debate. The effect of world weather swap extends past environmental destruction. She demanding situations all americans to call for a fresh and sustainable power destiny prior to it's too past due. Doing so can help placed americans again to paintings, lessen our reliance on international oil, and create a more healthy planet, for ourselves and our kids.

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The five lowest levels on record, in fact, have occurred over the past five years. 7 million square miles, shocking experts who feared they were looking at the prospect of catastrophic collapse. , suburb of Greenbelt, Maryland. ’ ’’ In the 31 years she’s spent studying Arctic ice, Par- 20 FIRE AND ICE kinson has labored largely in obscurity, tracking data that was as removed from public interest and picnic conversation as the North Pole. ‘‘Now it’s a hot topic,’’ she said in an interview, catching herself on the irony.

Now it’s a hot topic,’’ she said in an interview, catching herself on the irony. ’’ It isn’t only sea ice that’s affected. Arctic glaciers— land-based ice—are melting also. As they do, the massive quantities of water released are pouring into the ocean, raising sea levels around the world. S. Global Change Research Program reports. Over the past 15 years, oceans have risen at double that rate as land-based glaciers have melted. In addition to storing freshwater, Arctic ice—on land or sea—is a kind of global air conditioner, reflecting the sun’s radiation away from the Earth and sending cold air and water to other parts of the world.

S. S. Department of Energy. At those levels of emission growth, carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere would increase enough to raise global temperatures by nearly half a degree every ten years. Down that road lies growing peril. Not for everyone all at once, but sooner than most of us realize, and in ways that affect us all. In ways that mean hardship and even death, to an increasing number of people around the world. There is an alternative. We can begin to take our 43 CHAPTER FOUR future seriously enough to reduce the impact of climate change.

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