Sunday, March 26, 2006


Polar Ice Caps Are Melting Faster Than Ever... More And More Land Is Being Devastated By Drought... Rising Waters Are Drowning Low-Lying Communities... By Any Measure, Earth Is At ... The Tipping Point
We Are So Screwed!

Finally a major story about global warming from Time magazine. That global warming is a fact is widely accepted, except by a few nuts (read oil and energy companies) that seem to have allies in the Bush administration. The overwhelming evidence and scientific opinion is clear ...global warming climate change is here. The only question may be are we at a tipping point when things will be on a path of no return or is it some distance away. In my opinion we are at the tipping point. The text on the accompanying image from the Time article states - "The photograph taken in 1928, above, shows how the Upsala Glacier, part of the South American Andes in Argentina, used to look. The ice on the Upsala Glacier today, shown in 2004 below, is retreating at least 180 ft. per year"

This is not just happening in the Andes, Alaska, Greenland or the Arctic. It's every where... here is a nightmare scenario... The glaciers in the Himalayas which contribute to the rivers that come down to the plains are shrinking. Can you imagine the millions of people there not being able to get enough water for drinking, irrigation and every thing else?

Please read the article from the link. It should make us all worried, especially for our kids and future generations to come. And there is no escaping the fact that all of us have contributed to this. I have not always been a huge fan of Time magazine, but on this one I have to say the issue is now out front. But I am not holding my breath, I don't expect us to change our behavior quickly enough. But it has to start now. Our small contribution to this effort is that we drive the Toyota Prius a (gas/electric) hybrid high mpg vehicle, instead of a conventional car or an SUV. I also take public transit for part of my daily commute and car pool. We are also using longer lasting lights for our home that consume less electricity.

I don't mean to depress the few readers of this place, but this is a fact and we will be talking about it from now on for a long time.

4 comments:

Keshi said...

**The glaciers in the Himalayas which contribute to the rivers that come down to the plains are shrinking.

Global warming leads to all this...guess thats why we have more ntural disasters now than before....too many ppl, pollution and too many negative energies...unfortunately.


Keshi.

Aditi said...

Its good to know that for a change people are not just talking about the problem but doing something on their part to contribute to the solution... =)

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