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Don't be mislead by the amount of disinformation on the internet or in the media about global warming. It is real, the only matter left for debate among serious scientists is how soon the effects will be felt and how severe they will be. The fact remains man has increased the CO2 content of the atmosphere by a factor of one third since 1900. This extra CO2 in the atmosphere will act just like extra insulation in a home; it will retain more heat leading to rising temperatures of the earth.

There is a site on the internet with the domain name of global warming organization, it is in fact nothing of the sorts. The site is financed by some of the largest polluters in the US, the oil companies. Now if they can't be honest over their source of funds and backers do you really think they will present honest peer reviewed literature?

Check the Naysayers Debunked page for the names of some of the more outrageous liars and remember the one reason the anti-global warming crowd cite so few people is because they can't find that many scientist that will lie for them. Nor don't fall for some of their mindless rants such as if science can't predict tomorrow's weather how can they predict a change in climate. The fact is climate is much easier to predict than the weather. Everyone knows that Minnesota can expect snow and extremely cold temperatures in the winter and that Arizona can expect hot temperatures during the summer and dry-desert like conditions most of the year. That is climate prediction not weather prediction and you the reader would have been able to make the same climate predictions.

I wrote those brief 3 paragraphs above several years ago. They still hold true today. In fact the situation has became worst. Under the direction of George W. Bush the EPA's own report conducted for the Bush regime was watered down from orders from Bush. The dangers are real. We are beginning to experience the first effects from global warming and they point to a future crisis if not a total collapse of the earth's ecosystems. Thousands of acres of forest in Alaska are now dead from an insect invasion made possible by the warmer temperatures. Europe faces the danger that it might turn into a frigid ice box from the disruption of the Gulf Stream due to global warming.

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Coral ReefThe photo at the left shows a coral reef, just one of the ecosystems that are threatened by global warming. Coral thrives in a relatively narrow temperature band of about 5 degrees C centered around 26 degrees C. Once the surface waters warm 2 additional degrees above this ban extensive bleaching of the reef occurs followed by death of the reef. Coral reefs provide an immense value to mankind, offering protection to islands from storm surges and tidal erosion of the shorelines, protection for many other marine species, rich fishing grounds and an extremely diverse ecosystem. The biodiversity of coral reefs are only rivaled by the biodiversity of rain forest. The biodiversity of coral reefs have already provided an abundance of drugs and holds many more yet to be discovered. Additionally the coral reefs can be used as a bioindicator of global warming. Click on the photo for an overview of coral reefs and the threat from global warming.



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Sources:

Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center
Climate Organization
Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Protection Agency
GCRIO's List of Education Resources

GCRIO's List of Online Periodicals
Global Change Organization
Global Change Research Information Office
Goddard Institute for Space Studies
IPCC

ME3-Sustainable Minnesota: Excellent site on Climate Change and its Effects
NASA
National Center for Atmosphere Research
National Oceanic and Atmosphere Research
National Safety Council's Guide Book an Excellent Overview

Rap Maine
Union of Concerned Scientists
University Corporation for Atmosphere Research a Quarterly Publication
US Global Change Research Program


The Basics:

The Carbon Cycle
Carbon Cycle and Global Warming
Climatic Extremes
Climate and Variability and Predictability
Current Greenhouse Gas Concentrations

Detection of Climate Change
Forum on Climate Modeling
Geological Indicators for Rapid Climate Change
Global Warming: Early Warning Signs
Global Warming and Health

Global Warming Modeling
Guide Book on Climate Change
Nitrogen Cycle & Global Warming
Politics and Global Change
The Science of Global Warming

The State of the Knowledge


Issues:

1997 Warmest Year
Antartic Warming: Early Signs of Global Change
Assessment of the IPPC Report
The Carbon Cycle, Climate and Longterm Effects Of Fossil Fuel Burning
The Carbon Cycle & Global Warming

Evidence of Global Warming
Errors in Satellite Data: for those with acess to Nature the article appeared 3/13/97 authored by Kevin Trenberth and James Hurrell
globe.gifFeedback Loops
Global Change Master Directory: Search This Directory for Specific Points
Global Warming: The Future vs the Dollar

International Agreements on Global Warming
Inventory of US Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Sinks
The Main Greenhouse Gases
No Ice Age was Predicted in the 1970's
Plant Growth & Global Temperture Spikes

Satellite Discrepancy
Stabilization of Emissions
Socio-Economics of Global Warming
Substitutes For Potent Green House Gases
Water and Global Warming:
The water cycle is the shortest cycle known in nature. From the time one uses a glass of water to the time the next person uses the same glass of water is only 7 days. Already scientists are reporting that global warming is effecting our water supply.


Effects:

Changes in the Incidence of Vector - Borne Diseases Attributable to Climate Change
Human Health and Global Warming
Impacts of Global Warming
Impacts of Global Warming Another View
Impacts on Coastal Areas

Impacts On Forests
Impacts on Rangelands
Impacts on Water Resources
Impacts on Wetlands
Land use Issues in Global Change: Deforestation and Desertification

Overview of Global Change on Terrestrial Ecosystems
Pacific Reefs Hit by Coral Bleaching
Uncertainty, Climate Change and Adaptive Management