By Ross Gelbspan

If left unchecked, weather swap will eventually swamp some other factor dealing with us at the present time. certainly, what all started as an preliminary reaction of many institutions--denial and delay--has now grown right into a crime opposed to humanity. In Boiling Point, Ross Gelbspan finds precisely how the fossil gasoline is directing the Bush administration's power and weather rules. much more strangely, Gelbspan issues a finger at either the media and environmental activists for unwittingly worsening the predicament. eventually, he deals a concrete plan for avoiding a full-blown weather catastrophe.According to Gelbspan, a formal method of weather switch may perhaps clear up many different difficulties in our social, political, and fiscal lives. it's going to dramatically lessen our reliance on oil, and with it our publicity to instability within the heart East. it'll create thousands of jobs and lift residing criteria in bad international locations whose populations are suffering from climate-driven sickness epidemics and whose borders are overrun by way of environmental refugees. it can additionally extend the worldwide economic climate and bring about a much wealthier and extra peaceable international. A passionate call-to-arms and a considerate roadmap for swap, Boiling Point unearths what is at stake for our fragile planet.

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The Ward Hunt Ice Shelf, located 500 miles Not Just Another Issue 9 from the North Pole on the edge of Canada’s Ellesmere Island, broke in two. A massive freshwater lake long held back by the ice also drained away. • The same month brought another startling—and largely unanticipated—consequence of our fossil fuel use. Scientists reported that the pH level of the world’s oceans had changed more in the last 100 years than it had in the previous 10,000 years— primarily because of the fallout from emissions caused by coal and oil burning.

N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that the climate is changing far more rapidly than scientists had previously projected. More than 2,000 scientists from 100 countries, participating in the largest and most rigorously peer-reviewed scientific collaboration in history, reported to the UN that brutal droughts, floods, and violent storms across the planet will intensify because emissions from humanity’s burning of coal and oil is driving up temperatures much more rapidly than scientists had anticipated just six years earlier.

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) study in late 2002 found that the ice cover on the Arctic Ocean is vanishing at an astonishing rate. About 9 percent of that ice cover is vanishing every decade—about three times faster than scientists had predicted. For example, the Arctic ice shelf that ruptured in the fall of 2003 had been found to be 150 feet thick in 1980. When it broke in two, spawning icebergs throughout the area, it had melted to about half that thickness. In the Andes, the glaciers are melting far more rapidly than anyone had expected.

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