Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dangers of Global Warming

1. Flooding; We have all seen the pictures of disappearing glaciers and the predicitions of rising sea levels. Most people live close to the sea, but many are in denial about the impact of global warming.
2. Shortage of water; Many areas could be hit by droughts, especially once glaciers that previously fed rivers have disappeared. As weather becomes more turblant, we can expect more extreme droughts, many heavy rains would not give much relief.
3. Famine and disease; Higher temperatures will increase risk of tropical diseases, such as malaria, in previously temperate zones. Starvation is one of the biggest unconscious human fears that may well become a reality that is daily displayed on TV.
4. Migration and refugees; Migration will stress the infrastructure of many cities, even if they are not effected by climate change. Shortage of supplies and water will be effected by these migrations and many countries will stop refugees from crossing their borders.

In the country of India 1,500 farmers commited sucide due to no water for their crops; "The Huffington Post."
Scientists say the best places to study global warming are the coldest regions on earth. Glaciers disappear due to global warming, collapsing ice sheets, thawing permafrost, shrinking glaciers and thinning sea ice is the focus of a yearlong, worldwide scientific extravaganza known as "International Polar Year". Warming is felt most sharply in the far north, where temperatures are rising twice as fast as the global average.

I believe in global warming and if people took the time to investigate this situation they will start believing what the scientists are saying. Our TV is always having specials on this condition, our earth is suffering and who will pay for it, us.

Polar bears are drowning, scientists have documented for the first time multiple deaths of polor bears off Alaska. The bears drowned after swimming long distances in the ocean amid the melting of the Artic ice shelf. The bears spend most of their time hunting and raising their young on ice flows. In September 2004, when the polar ice cap had retreated 160 miles north of the northern coast of Alaska, researchers counted 10 polar bears swimming as far as 60 miles off shore. Polar bears can swim long distances but have evolved to mainly swim between sheets of ice. Four days later researchers returned and found four dead polar bears floating in the water. Alarmed by the swift changes, the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council, a consortium of the state's tribes, urged the U.S. government to enact mandatory program to reduce global warming.

I would like to know what my friends think about global warming. Are you conserned about it or do you not think it is happening? I always value your opinions.

28 comments:

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Margaret,

Well, the evidence seems to point to it strongly, doesn't it? If we want out beautiful Mother Earth to survive, we all have to do our part to slow it down. I don't know if we can stop it altogether. It's a sobering thought!

Take care!

Renie

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Margaret :)

I fully agree with you. Global warming is a real threat to the world.

Al Gore's documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" brings out very clearly the deadly impact of global warming on earth. He says in about 20 to 25 years this beautiful earth will be devastated by it. We have to do everything possible to slow down the deadly effects of global warming. We owe it to our children and grandchildren. A time will come when they will ask us why we didn't do what we can to prevent global warming and as a result they have to suffer.

I am aware there are still some skeptics of global warming. It is essential for us to convince them.

It is true that some poor farmers commit suicide in India when crop fail due to lack of rain. These farmers borrow money to cultivate the land and when crops fail they are unable to pay back the money. Therefore, they take the easy way out. They just commit suicide.

This post is very timely and very much needed to create an awareness among the people. I hope there will be concerted and continuous effort by all of us to prevent global warming.

Have a nice day Margaret :)
Joseph

A New Beginning said...

Thanks for sharing such an informative post. You know I have witnessed the signs of global warming and was shocked. Cherapunji is an area in India, which used to have the heaviest rainfall, last time when I went there for a visit , it looked no less than a desert. The tress had been cut down for mining purposes and it looked so dry, not even a drop of rain. Our driver who was a local resident of the area told us that here people used be irritated about the fact that their clothes never got a chance to dry up as it rained 24\7. Now they wait eagerly for the rains, but in vain.
It hurts to see the harm that is being caused by global warming. Until and unless all of us work towards saving the environment nothing can happen.

Raggedy Girl said...

I too believe that the world has been irresponsible in our job to take care of the earth. I know people say there is no global warming because areas are having record cold temperatures but that is part of global warming.

Roberta Anne, the Raggedy Girl

Patty said...

I agree with you and Renie.

Denise said...

Hi Margaret, if I could I would give you a big hug and then a pat on the back for this post. Global warming is very real and I think it is silly for us to hide our heads in the sand and pretend it's not happening. We need to find out as much as we can on the subject, educate ourselves then act accordingly, do our part. Great post, it really makes you think.

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

A very thought provoking blog, which I read with interest. it's our children and grandchildren who will suffer in the long run,sowe all ought to do all we can and do our bit.
Thanks for the write.

Yvonne.

Midlife Mom said...

I think it is happening and it is a scary thought. Great, great post Margaret!

Margaret Cloud said...

Thank you for coming by, we do need to protect our Mother Earth, after all God made the earth and put man on it as her caregiver. Happy Earth Day to you all.

Andrea said...

I think it is happening, and I think it's supposed to happen. I think God has it all planned out. The world has changed a lot over time with erosion and such. I think Global Warming is happening everyday, we as wasteful humans are just speeding up the process. We are going to see horrible weather and bad things happen, but I believe this is all preceding something bigger......but that is just my opinion.

Happy Earth Day!!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Margaret.
Yes...GOd made the earth and we need to take care of it...when we don't we all suffer.
Thank you for the birthday wishes.
Warmly,
Deb

debbie said...

DEAR MARGARET,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR POST ON MY BLOG....WE CAN GIVE EACH OTHER HUGS...AMY'S MOUTH IS SOME BETTER THIS EVENING...LEILA STARTED HER CHEMO TODAY AND HAS THROWN UP ALL EVENING...POOR SWEET GAL...TOMORROW THEY WILL GIVE HER ALOXI AND THAT IS THE MED THAT KEEPS AMY FROM THROWING UP.
I LOVE THIS POST. WE HAVE BEEN IRRESPONSIBLE IN TAKING CARE OF THE EARTH.....BLESS THE ONES WHO STARTED SO LONG AGO TAKING CARE OF THE EARTH.
I BELIEVE GOD HAS A PLAN AND SO MANY THINGS ARE ALREADY IN MOTION AND WE CAN JUST HOPE WE CAN SLOW IT DOWN FOR THE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.....I AM NOT TOTALLY SOLD BY EVERYTHING AL GORE HAD TO SAY...BUT I AM NOT HIS BIGGEST FAN....BUT IRREGARDLESS OF HOW I FEEL ABOUT HIM I AM NOT ONE TO STICK MY HEAD IN THE SAND AND SAY BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE WHAT YOU STAND FOR, I AM NOT GOING TO BELIEVE YOU....I LISTEN AND THEN I CHECK OUT THINGS FOR MYSELF....AND BOTTOM LINE ...WE MUST TAKE CARE OF EARTH.
BLESS YOU SWEET LADY
HUGS
LOVE
debbie

Orable and Charlie said...

Thanks for stopping by our blog. It sure cheers us up to know we have kind friends out there in the blogosphere.

licks & slobbers,
Charlie & human

Oma Jill said...

Some of the comments here and things I've heard others say like, God planned it out and other statements or beliefs in predestination and fate lead me to question, if that is true, then there is NO need to do anything it wouldn't work anyway. But, if predestination, fate, is not true then there IS a need to work and do all we can because our choices matter and do make the difference in global warming etc... something to think about.
Personally, I think IF there is money to be made by an idea the media and the commercial element hype things up to convince us we have to buy buy buy. A money making racket!! Our real estate taxes are being increased because our county decided to give each homeowner a blue recycle bin with a pick up date each month. No money up front we'll just tack it on to your taxes. Oh and you don't get a say about the price, which will have to be high we know, but the economy is not doing good and we have to make our money somehow.
Bottom line, I am VERY busy and my time is limited, plus I don't have the space to set up 4 different trash cans for this and that. So I haven't jumped on the band wagon. But now that I am automatically being charged whether I want it or not I might have to adjust my schedule to squeeze it in.

Merle said...

Dear Margaret ~~It seems that global warming if a fact and we have to start saving energy, power and water, I am so sorry you are still having cool weather and I hope soon it will be warmer for you. I am glad you liked the info on Heart Attack interesting. Have a great weekend just about here, Love and Hugs, Merle.

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Dearest Margaret! I enjoyed reading your last post on your home, I felt like I was peeking into your window:) Like brings us so many emotions...do not second guess yourself as every thing you do is the right thing at the time. The best thing you could do...your life is precious no matter which road you wander down, in the end you arrive where you are needed. I want to come by and tell you how much it means to me that you care so much. When you come for a visit, my tiny heart smiles. I wish I could have more energy to return the visits, but I am still recovering, nicely I might add thanks to all the love and purrrrs.
Furry purrrrs from Miss Peach

Femin Susan said...

i totally agree with you. Global warming is such a treat to the Earth.
Cheers!

Lilly said...

Margaret, this was a great post. I totally agree global warming is real. The tempreture changes are too obvious. We must take it seriously because I fear what we are leaving for future generations.

Merle said...

Dear Margaret ~ ~ Thank you for your comments on my blog and I am glad you liked the one Geoff sent me. I liked the Pizza one too getting to our home before an ambulance. Take good care my friend and have a lovely weekend. Love, Merle.

Kathleen said...

True and sad. It is 86 degrees here today - in April! We normally don't hit the upper 80s until June. I hope it is not a hot, dry summer.

Puss-in-Boots said...

I think the consensus is for global warming. It's becoming too obvious, isn't it? But it is a phenomenon that has happened before in history and why shouldn't it happen again? The human race is probably accelerating it, though.

Abe Lincoln said...

Problems began when Europeans came to America and things have gone downhill ever since. Global Warming scares the daylights out of me. I fear for the animals and what will happen to them. They have already been murdered for ages -- mostly for sport -- bears, wolves, seals, seal pups, and you name it. Maybe Mother Nature is going to finally get even. It is about time.

Femin Susan said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

chubskulit said...

Global warming is a scaring thing...

Femin Susan said...

thanks for stopping by my blogs!

Doug Cloud said...

What's really sad about all this is that no one ever does anything until it's too late. The old adage - "They don't put up a stop sign until someone gets killed at the intersection" - definitely applies here.

It's always best to do what we can, like recycling - it doesn't seem like one person can make a difference, but if we all do our part then it can. When I moved into my apartment I did so with the help of a local community organizations like Salvation Army and Love Inc. These places and also a few churches have helped with groceries and stuff over the years so it's always best to give back to these organizations when you have the ability to give.

The same is true of any organization that is trying to help. Even though it may not seem like much we can do our share by giving to these worthy causes who have given so much to us.

momsbusy said...

if everyone would chip in we could make so much progress towards slowing down the destruction of the earth by people. unfortunately, everyone must have a similar mindset. there are too many people/countries that either cannot or will not do anything to help. it is a sad situation. i will continue to do what i can.

Margaret Cloud said...

I am glad to read all your imput on this serious matter. Hope the future looks brighter for mother earth and all of us upon it. "Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."

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