I’ve been freaked out about the effects of global warming for a long time. But the latest report jointly issued by just about every credible scientist in the world has me seriously worrying about the world my little girl will grow up in.
In case you’ve been living under a rock the last couple of days, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report today in Paris forecasting “a steady rise in temperatures and sea levels for centuries because of human-caused global warming,” according to USA Today. (You also can read all about it in the New York Times, BBC News, the Washington Post, or just about any other news outlet on earth.)
We’re talking islands, coasts, and major cities disappearing under water. Major droughts and heat waves. Crazy tropical storms and hurricanes.
And this isn’t some distant future possibility. Scientists are predicting these scenarios for this century. So we’ll have to deal with it, but more frighteningly, our kids and grandkids will, too.
Of course, the Bush administration is a hopeless cause to do anything about this. But thank God the next presidential election is only 20 months away, and a new U.S. president can tackle the problem in earnest. In the meantime, let’s take action to turn things around–before it’s too late.