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California Aqueduct In Danger Of Salt Water Contamination – Report Suggests Multiple Scenarios For Disaster

California Aqueduct In Danger Of Salt Water Contamination – Report Suggests Multiple Scenarios For Disaster

California Aqueduct

(Best Syndication) There is a possible major crisis brewing with Southern California’s water, according to a report issued by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). Much of the water used by the residents of Los Angeles and other cities in the southland comes via the California Aqueduct, which is supplied by the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta.

The fragility of levies was demonstrated during the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans. The Delta contains 1,100 miles of levies which could lead to intrusion of seawater if one fails. Although voters approved the funding of $4.9 billion last November to protect the water supply that flows from the Delta, the money will barely pay for existing upgrades.

China Responds To UN Panel Concerning Global Warming – Says United States And Wealthier Countries Need To Take Lead

China Responds To UN Panel Concerning Global Warming – Says United States And Wealthier Countries Need To Take Lead

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China believes that wealthy countries like the United States should take the lead in cutting greenhouse gas emissions but did not agree to any mandates for themselves. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Jiang Yu said that China is willing to contribute to the effort, but believes the primary responsibility should be placed on other wealthier nations.

Ms. Jiang’s statements follow last weeks report issued to a United Nations panel concerning global warming. Although China produces more greenhouse gasses than any other country, Jiang points out that the wealthier countries have a higher “per capita” emission rate.

U.N. panel's Climate Change 2007 Report Released - Satellite Data shows Global Warming

U.N. panel's Climate Change 2007 Report Released - Satellite Data shows Global Warming

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The United Nations (UN) panel which consists of the most authoritative scientist on the subject of global warming released their report ‘Climate Change 2007’ in Paris, France. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which includes 2,500 scientific expert reviewers from 130 countries concludes that global warming is 90 percent likely caused from humans. The report is being made readily available for policy makers to understand how climate change is affecting Earth.

The report based its findings on a number of findings. They also studied 19 different computer models that show the potential results of global warming. Satellite data has been collected and used for the computer model simulations. Measurement of atmosphere, ocean, biosphere, and cryosphere were all incorporated in the computer model to help better understand the effects of global warming.

Global Warming – 55 Million Years Ago gives us Clues to Potentially Hot Future

Global Warming – 55 Million Years Ago gives us Clues to Potentially Hot Future

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Scientists from private nonprofit organization, Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology, found that long-term release of carbon 55 million years ago contributed to global warming during this time period. This discovery reflects that global warming in modern day is related to the CO2 emissions into the environment. The study was led by Mark Pagani and included scientist Ken Caldeira and was first published in the December 8th issue of Science magazine.

The event that happened 55 million years ago has been known as an ancient global warming event named Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM). This event was caused by a massive release of carbon. The geologic record shows that the greenhouse effect increased temperatures around 9 degrees Fahrenheit on average for around 10,000 years. The higher temperatures remained for the next 170,000 years and caused a number of changes to the environment. Animal life, rainfall patterns, and the rise of modern primate ancestors have all been contributed to this time period.

Al Gore visits with Oprah TV show about Global Warming Documentary - An Inconvenient Truth DVD

Al Gore visits with Oprah TV show about Global Warming Documentary - An Inconvenient Truth DVD

An Inconvenient Truth DVD

If you haven’t seen the documentary called “An Inconvenient Truth,” you can buy the DVD or rent it at your local video store. Former Vice President of the US, Al Gore, has given up his political career and has become extremely passionate about letting everyone know about what is happening with global warming.

We have all felt the heat this past summer. The weather is getting warmer on average over the last 30 years. But most people have not been aware of the other changes in our environment and weather. Al Gore helped narrate the documentary to show what changes are occurring and some research that points to global warming as the cause.

Things we have to worry about are ocean water rising and possibly consuming coastal regions in our lifetime. In Alaska communities are being moved because of the erosion of the coast. It is costing the government around $100 million to move these Alaskan homes into dry land. This flooding could continue into our lower 48 states along the coast.

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