Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Food for thought about climate change

An interesting item in Scientific American about consumerism and its driving of climate change:
"As simply put by the United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in 2005: "Human activity is putting such strain on the natural functions of Earth that the ability of the planet's ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted.""
and a viewpoint from the BBC about the need for climate scientists to present their findings more carefully. Recent cold weather has caused confusion about the reality of climate change:
"No matter how many times we say that "global warming" means a rise of average temperature across the world, decade by decade, and not every year being consistently warmer than the last in every place on Earth, there are still those that get this mixed up."