Global Warming on the Hot Seat
From Care2.com: Recently, U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) included their Climate Stewardship Act (S. 139) in the U.S. Energy Bill. This groundbreaking legislation, which requires cuts in U.S. emissions of the heat-trapping gasses that cause global warming could be the turning point in a fight against global warming. However, President Bush, who has a lot of supporters in Congress, is aggressively pushing a voluntary-only cuts in global warming pollution from power plants.
Unfortunately, often the federal government is slow to take action to promote positive environmental change. In the meantime, there is a great deal that we all can do to help mitigate global warming at the local level. Contact your state governor and support strong & effective global warming prevention policies at the state level. Sign this free petition today and help keep global warming in the hot seat!
Global Warming Hits Seals and Polar Bears
Shrinking Arctic ice caps are threatening arctic animals. Polar bears find it harder to find the food as icebergs, their "highways" to a seal food supply, shrink away, or as ice that normally forms fails to appear. The giant white bears need the ice to gain access to ringed and barbed seals which live and play away from land among the ice bergs, yet the ice is breaking up two weeks earlier than normal these days, and polar bears are on average between 176
and 187 pounds lighter. Scientists believe it is because they cannot find food. Every day of ice hunting is critical, as the bears must hunt to build enough fat to last through the forced 5 month fast during winter.
Unseasonable warming can also lead to collapses of the snow caves where female seals bear their young. The young as yet have no blubber and die of exposure when cold conditions return. Scientists suspect that declines in seal
populations will occur in this manner, and will ultimately lead to further declines in polar bear populations.
Global warming is a problem that we all contribute to...consequently, we can all make small changes in our lifestyle to help reduce the threat of global warming!
Don't purchase/drive cars with low gas mileage. Personal transportation on America's highways is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases. When you can carpool or take public transportation.
- Don't miss your auto tune-ups. All cars run better, and more efficiently when they are well maintained. It could save you money at the gas pump AND reduce greenhouse gases.
- Recycle, recycle, recycle. Buy recycled paper products and don't forget to recycle yourself. Deforestation contributes even more to the accumulation of greenhouse gases. The more trees we can save, the more polar bears and baby seals we can save!
"Let man heal the hurt places and revere whatever is still
- David R. Brower