Sunday, December 03, 2006

Taking Action on Global Warming

In an editorial, "Taking Action on Global Warming", Dr. Milton Clark is urging scientists to speak up on global warming concerns. Global warming has now become the ethical and moral environmental issue of our times. Not only is global warming already occurring, it is proceding at a rapid rate. Aggressive actions need to commence now, and must be well underway within the next decade, in order to reverse the rapid buidup of greenhouse gases. The National Academies of Sciences from the G-8, China, India and Brazil stated that the science of global warming was“sufficiently clear to justify nations taking prompt action”. As a society we must engage in a comprehensive science and engineering approach similiar to that which John F. Kennedy proposed to reach the moon.

Taking Action on Global Warming (read the report in pdf format)

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Global Warming Address

Dr. Milton Clark give a talk on "Global Warming: The Science, Impacts, and Strategies" to a large audience on June 16. The science is clear. Global warming is occurring and human beings are primarily responsible. The debate is over.

Warming in the Artic is taken place at a rapid rate (just as predicted) with a temperature increase already of 5 degrees with impacts on infrastructure as permafrost melts and also effects on ecosytems and wildlife. Aggressive stratagies are needed within the next ten years, otherwise a tipping point may be reached where it will be extremely difficult to reverse a runaway greenhouse effect. A Moon Shot NASA style project needs to undertaken now where the best energy efficiency technologies and energy sources (e.g., hydrogen, nuclear, renewable) are developed and placed into wide useage. Global warming has now become an ethical and moral issue since we know that future generations will have a lower quality of life if we fail to address this issue now.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Global Warming: An Inconvenient Truth

Finally, someone has now taken leadership on the global warming crisis, which has been developing for the past 25 years. Al Gore's move documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, gives a reasonable picture of what will happen over several hundred years unless we reduce carbon dioxide emissions and fossil fuel use. An increase intensity of hurricanes, reduced food production, increase in diseases will occur because the planet cannot aborb the excess carbon dioxide gas. All of this translates to increased economic losses and extensive environmental impacts.

Carbon dioxide is now become a pollutant. It is disturbing to see only limited actions being taken to address the problem. Because carbon dioxide is so long-lived in the environment (over 100 years), action is needed now to so future generations do not suffer. Our nation needs to undertake "Mission to the Moon" type of research project to move away from fossil fuels. Incentives are are also needed to encourage people to save energy and money.

Scientists also need to take a higher public profile and not remain silent on the issue. To remain silent is to leave the issue to others and that is not acceptable.

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