The Canary Has Died
No More Denial
Over 1200 scientists from 150 countries have reached consensus that global warming is real and that it is caused by human activities. Dr. James Hansen, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA, says we need to cut our atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide to 350 ppm or less by 2016 (just one from now) if we are to avoid the most catastrophic and dangerous effects of climate change, such as: disrupted food and water supplies; the extinction of thousands of species of plants and animals; and sea level rises that would flood the homes of hundreds of millions of people.
This past year, the arctic ocean was nearly ice free. "The Arctic is often cited as the canary in the coal mine for climate warming," said Zwally, who as a teenager hauled coal. "Now as a sign of climate warming, the canary has died. It is time to start getting out of the coal mines."