Saturday, 23 May 2009

150, 000 people die every year because of climate change!

Climate change and the issue of global warming can seem a somewhat abstract and academic subject, not that interesting or relevant to the ordinary person. Well, its time to wake up and understand that its a very important issue and that it has a real impact on the lives or ordinary human beings, often the most vulnerable and those who have done little to cause the problem in the first place.

According to Greenpeace, 150, 000 people die every year because of climate change. They state that within 50 years up to 1/3 of all land-based species could become extinct. Now that is a terrible prospect. Even though I have friends who are sceptics, doing nothing is not an option. As others have shown, the risks of doing nothing far outweigh the costs of taking action now. Check out the video below:


The Most Terrifying Video You'll Ever See

Also, the science behind the subject is becoming more certain all the time and there is now a general consensus that its happening, the risks are real and that action is required now. Glaciers, permafrost and sea ice are disappearing. Sea levels are rising, seasons changing and extreme weather becoming more extreme. As temperatures increase further, there will almost inevitably be more flooding, more drought, more disease, more famine and more war, creating hundreds of millions of refugees and causing the destruction of entire ecosystems and species.

For more information on this important subject check out the Greenpeace site here: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/climate/problems

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