Saturday, February 19, 2005

Glaciers shrinking in a warming world

"In east Africa, the storied snows of Mount Kilimanjaro are vanishing. In the icebound Alps and Himalayas of Europe and Asia, the change has been stunning. From South America to south Asia, new glacial lakes threaten to overflow and drown villages below."

Fiddling while the Earth melts

"In fact, we don't know what the long-term effects of global climate change will include. On a worst-case basis, humans will continue to breathe dirty air and get sick from it but live in denial. Sea levels could rise and cover existing residential and commercial developments on the coasts; wipe out protective barrier islands; and change forever the shape of our countries."