- The world's oceans have risen by about an inch and a half.
- Droughts and wildfires have turned more severe worldwide, from the U.S. West to Australia to the Sahel desert of North Africa.
- Species now in trouble because of changing climate include, not just the lumbering polar bear which has become a symbol of global warming, but also fragile butterflies, colorful frogs and entire stands of North American pine forests.
- Temperatures over the past 12 years are 0.4 of a degree warmer than the dozen years leading up to 1997.
The primary culprit here, at least according to the article, is the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Since December 1997, when the Kyoto agreement was signed, the “level of carbon dioxide in the air has increased 6.5 percent.” Plus, since that time, the overall amount of emissions of CO2 has shot up by 31 percent.
The Senate debate on the “climate bill” was just announced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to be delayed until at least next spring – taking a backseat to health care.