New York Times
Thursday, May 15, 2008
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The polluted atmosphere of immigration politics has produced toxic byproducts so extreme that they make a recent rebate glitch seem like a mere annoyance.
May 15th, 2008
A report by the Royal Society, Britain's premier scientific body, concludes that, as a result of the pollution, the world's oceans are probably now more acidic than they have ever been, and that even if emissions stopped now, the waters would take "tens of thousands of years to return to normal." Scientists add that, as the seas become more acidic, they will be less able to absorb carbon dioxide, causing more of it to stay in the atmosphere to speed up global warming. The report concludes that the warming is now "unequivocal" and "evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level."
Environmental changes predicted:
North America. California and the grain-producing Midwest will dry out as snows in the Rockies decrease, depriving these areas of summer water.
Australia. The Great Barrier Reef will die. On land, drought will reduce harvests.
Europe. Winter sports suffer as less snow falls in the Alps and other mountains; up to three-fifths of wildlife dies out.
Africa. Harvests could be cut by up to half in some countries by 2020, greatly increasing the threat of famine. Between 75 million and 250 million people are expected to be short of water within the next 30 years.
It's incredible what damage people have managed to do to the oceans of the world, which cover 70% of the planet's surface. Imagine! With all the pollution, chemicals and garbage that's constantly dumped and pumped into the oceans, they're getting sick and the fish are dying off in droves—or being decimated by overfishing. It's a disaster that's happening out of sight and out of mind for most people, but it's happening nonetheless.—
Ted Rudow III,MA, Menlo Park,CA