Online - Compendium on climate

Published: Monday 31 December 2007
Four years back when this site was created, climate change rarely made the headlines. Today with the Nobel Peace Prize going to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore, for his film An Inconvenient Truth, the issue is more conspicuous in the media.

But the gravity of the problem doesn't strike still. For instance, there may be an article about an increase in stormy weather, another about decreased rainfall in forested areas and another about the role of trees as a carbon sink. It is for you to add up the facts and conclude that stormy weather (lightning and high winds) are likely to set fire to the dry forests and when they burn they release carbon dioxide adding to the greenhouse effect and making matters even worse.

A puzzling thing is the way that many articles are slanted to make it easy to disassociate oneself from the problem. For example: ski resorts going out of business doesn't affect me because I don't ski kind of arguments. There aren't so many dealing with the scary truth that growing crops is tricky enough without having them drenched, parched, blown over or just overcooked by the weather.

Skiing I can do without, but eating is a different matter. But to find out in detail on the subject one might have to root around the internet in the back pages of various news and science sites.

This is a site that does the rooting for you.

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