11.08.2004

Attention water fans!

Let's see Red-State Jesus get us out of this:

Yahoo! News - Scientists Find Arctic Warming Quickly : "Scientists say changes in the earth's climate from human influences are occurring particularly intensely in the Arctic region, evidenced by widespread melting of glaciers, thinning sea ice and rising permafrost temperatures.

A study released Monday said the annual average amount of sea ice in the Arctic has decreased by about 8 percent in the past 30 years, resulting in the loss of 386,100 square miles of sea ice — an area bigger than Texas and Arizona combined.

'The polar regions are essentially the earth's air conditioner,' Michael McCracken, president of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, told a news conference Monday. 'Imagine the earth having a less efficient air conditioner.'

Susan Joy Hassol, the report's lead author, said the Arctic probably would warm twice as much as the Earth. A region of extreme light and temperature changes, the Arctic's surfaces of ice, ocean water, vegetation and soil are important in reflecting the sun's heat.

Pointing to the report as a clear signal that global warming is real, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joe Lieberman (news - web sites), D-Conn., said Monday the 'dire consequences' of warming in the Arctic underscore the need for their proposal to require U.S. cuts in emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases. President Bush (news - web sites) has rejected that approach.

In the past half-century, average yearly temperatures in Alaska and Siberia rose by about 3.6 degrees to 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit and winters in Alaska and western Canada warmed by an average of 5 degrees to 7 degrees Fahrenheit.

With 'some of the most rapid and severe climate change on earth,' the Arctic regions' melting contributed to sea levels rising globally by an average of about three inches in the past 20 years, the report said."


To be fair, Kerry would have been only slightly less of a pussy in fighting this problem, which, basically, Americans don't care about.

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