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Let’s Get Real With Climate Change – Part 1

Peru's Quelccaya ice cap is the largest in the tropics. If it continues to melt at its current rate—contracting more than 600 feet (182.8 meters) a year in some places—it will be gone by 2100, leaving thousands who rely on its water for drinking and electricity high, dry, and in the dark. Photograph by Peter Essick (Source: National Geographic)

“Peru’s Quelccaya ice cap is the largest in the tropics. If it continues to melt at its current rate—contracting more than 600 feet (182.8 meters) a year in some places—it will be gone by 2100, leaving thousands who rely on its water for drinking and electricity high, dry, and in the dark.”
Photograph by: Peter Essick | Source: National Geographic

Now more than ever it is paramount that we understand the facts about climate change. Without realizing it, most of us have seen the effects climate change has already had on our environment. Many glaciers have started to shrink. The ice on rivers and lakes are breaking up earlier in the year. Plant and animal ranges have shifted. And some areas are starting to experience unusually extreme high and low temperatures. Unfortunately, 97% of all climate scientists agree that this trend will continue. But what can we do? GOOGLE IT!

If you search for climate change, Google finds 143,000,000 results on the topic. Unfortunately, many of these articles, websites, communities, and social media outlets are riddled with misconceptions and misinformation. As great as the Internet can be, one of its downsides is how rapidly misinformation can spread, further complicating the issue. Adding insult to injury, we see some of the highest ranking (and influential) elected officials dismissing many of the truths that surround climate change. (A classic example is Senator Jim Inhofe’s snowball “experiment.”)

Our goal is not to change your opinion on climate change. But to present the facts that surround climate change in a way that’s easy to understand, clearing up some of the most common misconceptions. By having a well-informed, global conversation about climate change we can come together and solve this problem! (more…)

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