"For anyone who has wondered how global
warming and reduced sea ice will affect polar bears, the answer
is simple - they die." Richard Steiner, University
of Alaska, Fairbanks. He has found that the bears drown as they
try to swim ever further between melting sea ice in search of food.
(Wall Street Journal, 14 December 2005)
Lots of people have studied the climate all around the world. They've
known for many years that climate change really was happening. They knew
that it would be bad for people and much other life. And as more evidence
piled in, it became obvious that it was mostly due to humans. As a result,
all countries in the world came together in a big
conference at Kyoto in Japan.
Here they began to try and agree what to do about climate change. Lots
of promises were made but countries haven't been very good at carrying
them out. Since then, the evidence of change has become stronger and stronger.
The special computer 'models' which scientists had used have become more
and more accurate. The ice sheets in both the Arctic
and the Antarctic
are melting, in some cases very fast.
Sea levels are rising. Temperatures are rising, especially in the Arctic
and Antarctic. Glaciers on other mountains of the world are melting
very fast -- especially in the Himalayas.
and plants which like warmer conditions are moving further north and south.
Yes, it's happening all right.
is hotting up. And I'm sorry to say it's all people's fault.
not everyone that's doing it. Mostly it's people in rich countries --
America, Europe and Australia. They are the ones with energy-hungry
lifestyles which guzzle fossil fuels. Poor people like those in most African
countries, Asia and Latin America can't afford to travel all over the
place in cars and planes, they don't have heating or air conditioning
in their homes or eat fancy food. Many don't even have anything more to
live in than a one-room shack with no toilet, no kitchen, no running water.
These people are not the ones causing global warming. Yet they are the
ones who suffer most from climate change caused by the rich. It's not
fair, is it?
us other animals, we are innocent too because the only fuel we use is
that which we get from our food ... so what are you folks going to do
no Stop Global Warming!
(from Amy, age 8, writing in her
school magazine which she sent me)
warming has started. A lot of people are making too much carbon
dioxide called green house gasses and that green house gas goes
up into the air and is making our planet hotter and then all the
polar bears and penguins are dying out and all that ice turns
into water and that water makes the sea level go up and floods
houses and shops.
of flooded railway in Bombay/Mumbai city, India (by Pachyderm).
In 2005, Mumbai had 896 millimetres of rain in 24 hours, turning
the streets into rivers. Around 1500 people died because of the
floods. (Slideshow: Marooned
now that you know lots about climate change, how
about trying my Hot
Earth quiz to see how much you really know!
don't worry, it's not all doom and gloom!
out what you and your friends, family and schools can do. You CAN
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