Thanks to Dahr Jamail of Al Jazeera, who interviewed William Ryerson, president of Population Media Center, for this article. See: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/06/2011622132049568952.html
Climate Change: It’s Bad and Getting Worse
Severe weather events are wracking the planet, and experts warn of even greater consequences to come.
The rate of ice loss in two of Greenland’s largest glaciers has increased so much in the last 10 years that the amount of melted water would be enough to completely fill Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes in North America.
West Texas is currently undergoing its worst drought since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, leaving wheat and cotton crops in the state in an extremely dire situation due to lack of soil moisture, as wildfires continue to burn.
Central China recently experienced its worst drought in more than 50 years. Regional authorities have declared more than 1,300 lakes “dead”, meaning they are out of use for both irrigation and drinking water supply.
Floods have struck Eastern and Southern China, killing at least 52 and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of thousands, followed by severe flooding that again hit Eastern China, displacing or otherwise affecting five million people.
Meanwhile in Europe, crops in the northwest are suffering the driest weather in decades.
Scientific research confirms that, so far, humankind has raised the Earth’s temperature, and the aforementioned events are a sign of what is to come.
To read the full article, please click here: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/06/2011622132049568952.html
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