Как изменить изменение климата

Десять самых теплых лет на памяти человечества имели место с начала 1990-х годов, и 2005 год, похоже, является самым теплым из них. В этом году мы почувствовали вкус многих опасностей, ожидающих нас в будущем: более сильные ураганы и засухи, лесные пожары, распространение инфекционных заболеваний и наводнения. Климат изменяется, и чем дальше, тем серьезнее.

Представители правительств стран мира встретятся в конце ноября в Монреале для планирования следующих шагов, включая специальные меры, которые мир мог бы принять, если бы администрация Буша отказалась от своего умышленного пренебрежения этим критическим вопросом.

Изменение климата часто отождествляют с «глобальным потеплением», однако это больше, чем просто потепление. Увеличение концентрации углекислого газа и других парниковых газов приводит к более сильным бурям, ураганам более высокой мощности, повышению уровня океана, таянию ледников и ледниковых щитов, засухам, наводнениям и другим климатическим изменениям. Изменяется даже химический состав почвы и океана: в результате повышения уровня углекислого газа увеличивается кислотность океана, что представляет угрозу для коралловых рифов.

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