Jak změnit změnu klimatu

Deset nejteplejších zaznamenaných let spadá do období od roku 1990 a rok 2005 bude zřejmě nejteplejším rokem vůbec. Letos jsme dostali ochutnávku od všech z mnoha nebezpečí, jež jsou před námi: mimořádné hurikány, rozsáhlá sucha, lesní požáry, šíření infekčních nemocí, záplavy. Podnebí se mění a ledacos je ještě před námi.

Na konci listopadu se v Montrealu sejdou vlády z celého světa, aby připravily další kroky, včetně konkrétních opatření, jež by svět mohl zavést, kdyby Bushova administrativa přestala tuto zásadní záležitost záměrně zanedbávat.

Změna klimatu se ztotožňuje s „globálním oteplováním“, přesto zahrnuje víc než jen oteplování. Rostoucí koncentrace oxidu uhličitého a dalších skleníkových plynů vede k mimořádnějším bouřím, hurikánům s vysokou intenzitou, zvyšování hladiny moří, tání ledovců a ledových příkrovů, suchům, záplavám a dalším podnebným změnám. Proměňuje se i chemické složení půdy a moří; v důsledku vyšší koncentrace oxidu uhličitého například stoupá kyselost oceánů, což ohrožuje korálové útesy.

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