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The staggering on going count of NON-BIODEGRADABLE plastic bags at the above is the up to date indicator of the plastic bags given to the U.S. shoppers, beginning January 01, of this year across the United States. - Each year a shocking quantity of 916,981,973,789 plastic bags are trashed, in U.S. alone, polluting and poisoning Land-fields, the Air and our Waters.

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Precarious

A grounded bird
Perched feet from sheer faces,
Freefalls and deadly drops
Flying on jutted thrusts of rock
I suddenly feel boreal
And pseudo-alpine.

The wind rustles steadily
In lower reaches of this chasm,
this monstrous ravine.
Clouds puff and duplicate
In the sun's constant spread.

Mountains engage the eye
From every dimension
Beyond the third
Into a timeless fourth.
Time eased away
In the day's anxiousness.
Next is annexed to now
You are the impermanence of moment.


Ned Green wrote this beautiful poem on the Appalachian Trail in his Journal in 1997.
On February 18, 2001, at only 26, doing what he loved most, climbing, his support on an ice ledge gave way where he fell into a deep chasm on Mt. Washington, New Hampshire.



Editor's Notes:

The following resources on Global Warming were posted beginning February 22, 2002, with an article about widespread environmental change over the Arctic. It makes sense to lessen the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The US government's energy policies push for another sort of an agenda, one that adds money to their bank accounts with no regard to the environment. However, it could benefit everyone by reducing pollution from entering our atmosphere. One way could be in the development of a 19th Century invention to convert processed heat into clean electrical power. Scientists also need to discover and promote ways for carbon sinks, absorbing carbon back from the atmosphere into the Earth. The slash and burn raising of livestock needs to end; eating a vegetable-based diet helps; and overcoming a fascist government that has misinterpreted the US Constitution for power, greed, and fear-intention-betrayal.



In summer 2000, an international team of scientists led by Serreze released
results of a study documenting widespread environmental changes over the Arctic.


To read the article published by Space.com, see:
Scientists Say Polar Warming Continues With Ice Mass Losses



News Flash! ! !

This came in 20 March 2002 on the vernal equinox:

An Antarctic ice shelf that was 200 metres thick
and had a surface area of 3,250 square kilometres
has broken apart in less than a month.


"We knew what was left would collapse eventually,
but the speed of it is staggering,"

-- Dr David Vaughan
Glaciologist at the Bas in Cambridge.

"[It is hard] to believe that 500 billion tonnes of
ice sheet has disintegrated in less than a month."

The full article, with graphics and maps, is located at
news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1880000/1880566.stm
For related information and article, see editor's notes and item 1
Collapsing the doubts on warming - posted 25 March 2002.



The Day After Tomorrow?

The present state of the 'ocean conveyor belt' that transfers warm,
less salty water from the Pacific to the Atlantic as a shallow current,
and returns cold, more salty water from the Atlantic to the Pacific as a
deep current flowing further south. This flow is threatened by melting ice
in the Arctic, and disruptions off the Antarctic coast.


See following link for a photo and more on this critical concern!
Ocean Forces Threaten Our Climate

UPDATED - August, 2008:
Scientists Astounded by Speed of Deep Freeze
It's one of the most dramatic examples of climate change in Earth's history,
and scientists now say it happened almost entirely in one year's time.

Climate chill came exactly 12,679 years ago: study
The study, of pollens, minerals and other matter deposited in annual
layers at the bottom of Lake Meerfelder Maar in Germany, pinpointed an
abrupt change in sediments consistent with a sudden chill over just one year.



The world's largest frozen peat bog
is thawing for the first time in 11,000 years
(since it was formed at the end of the last ice age).
This bog in western Siberia, the size of France and Germany
combined, could release "billions of tonnes of greenhouse gas."


Warming Hits 'Tipping Point'
Originally published August 11, 2005 by the Guardian/UK



For extensive information, resources, see following FN archive links:

August 6, 2008 - Item 3
A Simple Statement On Nuclear Power and Climate Change

"We do not support construction of new nuclear reactors as a means of addressing the climate crisis.
Available renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies are faster, cheaper, safer and cleaner
strategies for reducing greenhouse emissions than nuclear power."

Sign the petition:
http://nirs.org/petition2/ index.php

June 26, 2008 - Item 1
Global Warming Ð James Hansen - Tipping Point - Congress
- - James Hansen: Prosecute oil companies, top scientist says
- - Global Warming Twenty Years Later: Tipping Points Near
- - Global Warming and Heavy Rainfall

May 15, 2008 - Item 2
World CO2 Continues to Rise Ð Polar Bears threatened
- - World CO2 Levels At Record High, Scientists Warn
- - U.S. lists polar bears as threatened species

March 20, 2008 - Item 2
Glaciers suffer record shrinkage
- - As Andean Glaciers Shrink, Water Worries Grow
- - NASA Data Shows Thickest and Oldest Arctic Ice Is Melting

October 19, 2007 - Item 2
Ice Caps Melting Fast: Say Goodbye to the Big Apple?

September 30, 2007 - Item 3
Arctic Thaw May Be at ÔTipping PointÕ
- - A chance to protect the Arctic Refuge forever
- - STOP Mountaintop removal mining

June 20, 2007 - Item 3
Global Warming Crises & 9/11 Awareness Ð Building Coalitions
- - Global Warming ÔIs Three Times Faster Than Worst PredictionsÕ
- - Warming and 9/11 Related Danger Zones
- - Dems Plan to Channel Billions in Oil Subsidies to Renewable Fuels
- - Converting Waste Heat Into Power Ð GreenLiving - SolarFest

February 16, 2007 - Item 4
Greenhouse Gases Hit New High, Rise Accelerates

January 27, 2007 - Item 2
ChemTrails and the New World Order

January 24, 2007 - Item 2
UN Climate Panel to Project Wrenching Change
- - Global warming: the final verdict

December 1, 2006 - Item 3
Carbon emission rises shock experts

September 17, 2006 - Item 3
Greenhouse Gas Bubbling From Melting Permafrost Feeds Climate Warming

May 2, 2006 - Item 2
Chilling warnings on receding permafrost

April 4, 2006 - Item 2
Forum Hears Dire Warnings Of Environmental Collapse
- - Is It Too Late to Stop Global Warming?

April 1, 2006 - Item 1
Was Confusion Over Global Warming a Con Job?'
- - Time Cover Story - Global Warming Heats Up

March 27, 2006 - Item 1
Sea rise could be 'catastrophic'
- - Glacial earthquakes rock Greenland
- - Studies: Polar warming speeds up

March 16, 2006 - Item 1
Climate change 'irreversible'
- - States Calculate Global Warming Pricetag
- - Another Senate Attempt for Oil Drilling in ANWR

December 21, 2005 - Item 3
Ecosystems Plunge as Carbon Rise
- - Republicans Add Alaska Oil Drilling to Defense Bill
- - How America Plotted to Stop Kyoto Deal
- - Great Lakes Headed for Catastrophic 'Ecological Collapse'
- - Scientists: Greenland Glaciers Retreating

November 29, 2005 - Item 3
Arctic Booms as Climate Change Melts Polar Ice Cap

November 22, 2005 - Item 1
Global Disaster Will Follow If the Ice Cap on Greenland Melts

Greenland's glaciers have begun to race towards the ocean..
the most alarming manifestations of climate change to date -
suggest that the ice cap is melting far more rapidly than scientists
had thought, with immense consequences for civilisation and the planet.


Geoffrey Lean

November 1, 2005 - Item 3
U.S. Military Wants to Own the Weather

September 27, 2005 - Item 1
This is Global Warming, Says Environmental Chief
- - Wes Clark Blog Invite - national security and global warming

"The increased intensity of these kinds of extreme storms
is very likely to be due to global warming."
Referring to the arrival of Hurricane Rita: "If this makes
the climate loonies in the States realise we've got a problem,
some good will come out of a truly awful situation."


Sir John Lawton
chairman of the Royal Commission
on Environmental Pollution

September 19, 2005 - Item 3
Global Warming 'Past the Point of No Return'
- - Government Email Plays in the Katrina Blame Game
- - Katrina Relief: It's Iraq Deja vu All Over Again
- - Toxic Waters 'Will Make New Orleans Unsafe for a Decade'
- - Global Warming Hits New Orleans

September 6, 2005 - Item 3
Impact of CO2-Induced Warming on Hurricane Intensity

September 1, 2005 - Item 1
Katrina's real name is Global Warming

August 13, 2005 - Item 1
Warming Hits 'Tipping Point'

June 15, 2005 - Item 3
Global Warming: The US Contribution in Figures

April 24, 2005 - Item 3
Hell of an Earth Day - House Energy Bill - Take Action for Senate
- - On Eve of Earth Day, House Passes Energy Bill that Allows ANWR Drilling

April 24, 2005 - Item 3
Oil production could peak next year
- - Stirling Solution for Earth-friendly Onsite Power Generation

February 20, 2005 - Item 3
Final Proof: Global Warming is a Man-Made Disaster

- - US Citizens' Ratification of the Kyoto Protocol
Join a people's campaign to ratify the Kyoto Protocol

February 8, 2005 - Item 1
Apocalypse Now: Sleepwalking to End of the Earth

November 10, 2004 - Item 3
New Scientific Consensus: Arctic Is Warming
- - Fast Arctic Thaw Threatens People, Polar Bears

November 6, 2004 - Item 3
Awesome power of Iceland volcano

November 4, 2004 - Item 3
Volcano Erupts in Isolated Iceland Area

October 11, 2004 - Item 2
[NO] Surprise CO2 rise may speed up global warming

September 25, 2004 - Item 2
Study: "Antarctic Glaciers Melting Faster"

Glaciers once held up by a floating ice shelf off Antarctica
are now sliding off into the sea -- and they are going fast,
scientists said on Tuesday.

Two separate studies from climate researchers and the space agency NASA
show the glaciers are flowing into Antarctica's Weddell Sea,
freed by the 2002 breakup of the Larsen B ice shelf.

Writing in the journal Geophysical Research Letters,
the researchers said their satellite measurements suggest
climate warming can lead to rapid sea level rise.

March 11, 2004 - Item 1
We Face Climate Disaster * Global Warming as a Weapon of Mass Destruction
"We are carbonizing the oceans with dire consequences."

February 24, 2004 - Item 1
Now the Pentagon Tells Bush: Climate Change Will Destroy Us

February 7, 2004 - Item 3
How Global Warming May Cause the Next Ice Age

November 28, 2003 - Item 1
Global Warming Gas Seen Increasing Dramatically * New View of Data Supports Human Link to Global Warming

July 8, 2003 - Items 1-4
Global Warming Alert * Stirling Engine for Waste Heat Power Systems * "The Apollo Project" 10-point plan for energy independence * Process for New Sustainable Fuel Resources

January 9, 2003 - Item 4
NASA: Arctic Sea Ice Disappearing Before End of Century

November 29, 2002 - Item 3
Arctic Meltdown and New Evidence of Global Warming

November 24, 2002 - Items 2 and 4
World's Worst Oil Spills off Spain's Coast * EPA Eases Rules on Air Cleanup

November 11, 2002 - Item 1
Carbon Dioxide on the Rise

October 30, 2002 - Item 1
Global Warming Submerging NY

July 9, 2002 - Item 1
Earth 'will expire by 2050'

June 27, 2002 Items 1-4
Help Cut Global Warming * Too Hot? * Truth on Warming

August 24, 2002 - Item 3
Analysis of Bush's Wildfire Plan!

July 20, 2002 - Item 1
Earth's Ice Melting Faster Than Projected

June 15, 2002 - Items 1, 2, & 3
Warming World on Thin Ice - Bush Manifesto: Death by Carbon Dioxide

May 29, 2002 - Items 1-4
Expert warns world is warming faster than forecast * Antarctic Ice Melt Poses Worldwide Threat * World Summit on Sustainable Development * SolarFest

June 4, 2002 - Item 1
The Big Admission -- Climate is Changing, US Says in Report

April 17, 2002 - Items 1 & 2
Practical "Stirling" Solution for Onsite Power Production and The Arctic Meltdown

December 21, 2001 - Item 2
2001 to be second hottest year since records began: UN

September 11, 2001 - Item 2
Astronaut says environmental damage can be seen from space.

October 11, 2001 - Item 2
Satellites Reveal Drought Conditions

May 9, 2001 - Item 1
Letter on Global Warming and Missile Defense

July 23, 2001 - Item 1
Global Warming Deal Reached

January 13, 2001 - Item 2
Peatlands Loss Linked to Global Warming Surge

March 4, 2002 - Items 1 & 2
Declaration of Energy Independence - Energy Debate in Senate

March 6, 2002 - Item 1
A report on climate change: catastrophe could be imminent

March 18, 2002 - Item 2
Taking the Earth's temperature
The global temperature data for January and February 2002 are in -- and it sure has been hot.

April 24, 2002 - Item 3
The Uglier American - Climate scientist ousted



-- Washington - Feb 14, 2002 --

The Arctic ice cap is shrinking that much is known with certainty. Over the past century,
the extent of the winter pack ice in the Nordic Seas has decreased by about 25%. Last
winter the Bering Sea was effectively ice-free, which is unprecedented, and if this big melt
continues, some say the formerly ice-locked Arctic will have open sea lanes as soon as 2015.

By 2050, the summertime ice cap could disappear entirely.

For the complete article, see:
Arctic Summer Sea Lanes Open By 2015 Forecasts ONR

also from Space.com:
Is Europe About To Freeze



Disaster at sea: global warming hits UK birds
By Michael McCarthy Environment Editor
30 July 2004
Disaster at sea: global warming hits UK birds
Leading article: A disaster that should serve as a global warning

Hundreds of thousands of Scottish seabirds have failed to breed this summer in a wildlife catastrophe which is being linked by scientists directly to global warming.

The massive unprecedented collapse of nesting attempts by several seabird species in Orkney and Shetland is likely to prove the first major impact of climate change on Britain.

In what could be a sub-plot from the recent disaster movie, The Day After Tomorrow, a rise in sea temperature is believed to have led to the mysterious disappearance of a key part of the marine food chain - the sandeel, the small fish whose great teeming shoals have hitherto sustained larger fish, marine mammals and seabirds in their millions.

In Orkney and Shetland, the sandeel stocks have been shrinking for several years, and this summer they have disappeared: the result for seabirds has been mass starvation. The figures for breeding failure, for Shetland in particular, almost defy belief.

More than 172,000 breeding pairs of guillemots were recorded in the islands in the last national census, Seabird 2000, whose results were published this year; this summer the birds have produced almost no young, according to Peter Ellis, Shetland area manager for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Martin Heubeck of Aberdeen University, who has monitored Shetland seabirds for 30 years, said: "The breeding failure of the guillemots is unprecedented in Europe." More than 6,800 pairs of great skuas were recorded in Shetland in the same census; this year they have produced a handful of chicks - perhaps fewer than 10 - while the arctic skuas (1,120 pairs in the census) have failed to produce any surviving young.

The 24,000 pairs of arctic terns, and the 16,700 pairs of Shetland kittiwakes - small gulls - have "probably suffered complete failure", said Mr Ellis.

In Orkney the picture is very similar, although detailed figures are not yet available. "It looks very bad," said the RSPB's warden on Orkney mainland, Andy Knight. "Very few of the birds have raised any chicks at all."

The counting and monitoring is still going on and the figures are by no means complete: it is likely that puffins, for example, will also have suffered massive breeding failure but because they nest deep in burrows, this is not immediately obvious.

But the astonishing scale of what has taken place is already clear - and the link to climate change is being openly made by scientists. It is believed that the microscopic plankton on which tiny sandeel larvae feed are moving northwards as the sea water warms, leaving the baby fish with nothing to feed on.

This is being seen in the North Sea in particular, where the water temperature has risen by 2C in the past 20 years, and where the whole ecosystem is thought to be undergoing a "regime shift", or a fundamental alteration in the interaction of its component species. "Think of the North Sea as an engine, and plankton as the fuel driving it," said Euan Dunn of the RSPB, one of the world's leading experts on the interaction of fish and seabirds. "The fuel mix has changed so radically in the past 20 years, as a result of climate change, that the whole engine is now spluttering and starting to malfunction. All of the animals in the food web above the plankton, first the sandeels, then the larger fish like cod, and ultimately the seabirds, are starting to be affected."

Research last year clearly showed that the higher the temperature, the less sandeels could maintain their population level, said Dr Dunn. "The young sandeels are simply not surviving."

Although over-fishing of sandeels has caused breeding failures in the past, the present situation could not be blamed on fishing, he said. The Shetland sandeel fishery was catching so few fish that it was closed as a precautionary measure earlier this year. "Climate change is a far more likely explanation."

The spectacular seabird populations of the Northern Isles have a double importance. They are of great value scientifically, holding, for example, the world's biggest populations of great skuas. And they are of enormous value to Orkney and Shetland tourism, being the principal draw for many visitors. The national and international significance of what has happened is only just beginning to dawn on the wider political and scientific community, but some leading figures are already taking it on board.

"This is an incredible event," said Tony Juniper, director of Friends of the Earth. "The catastrophe [of these] seabirds is just a foretaste of what lies ahead.

"It shows that climate change is happening now, [with] devastating consequences here in Britain, and it shows that reducing the pollution causing changes to the earth's climate should now be the global number one political priority."

This article was orriginally posted at
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/environment/story.jsp?story=546138< br>


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