Global warming up close and personal on the edge of the earth

Today we have yet another report about a far off place most people have never heard about being destroyed by the effects of global warming.

The massive Wilkins Ice Shelf in the Antarctic is collapsing.

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is reporting today that:

“Wilkins Ice Shelf is the most recent in a long, and growing, list of ice shelves on the Antarctic Peninsula that are responding to the rapid warming that has occurred in this area over the last fifty years.” [my emphasis]

US coal jobs bleeding while renewable technology booms worldwide

While coal industry mouthpieces like the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity tout coal as the second-coming of Jesus for the United States, the latest Vital Signs report shows that coal industry employment has fallen by half in the last 20 years, despite a one-third increase in production. 

According to the new report out today by the Worldwatch Institute, a transition to renewable energy sources promises significant global job gains at a time when the coal industry has been hemorrhaging jobs for years.

Wilkins Ice Shelf, Antarctica, close to collapse

The Wilkins Ice Shelf is experiencing further disintegration that is threatening the collapse of the ice bridge connecting the shelf to Charcot Island.

Prof. David Vaughan of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) said: “Wilkins Ice Shelf is the most recent in a long, and growing, list of ice shelves on the Antarctic Peninsula that are responding to the rapid warming that has occurred in this area over the last fifty years.

Bush to Supreme Court: 'Shove it!'

The Bush administration has decided not to take any new steps to regulate greenhouse gas emissions before the president leaves office, despite pressure from the Supreme Court and broad accord among senior federal officials that new regulation is appropriate now.

One American child generates as much CO2 as 106 Haitian kids

Did you know that American children make up 4% of the world's population, but they consume more than 40% of the world's toys?

Check out What's Your Baby's Carbon Footprint at Mother Jones - a very cool compilation of facts on the lifetime consumption of the average American.

Did you know that it would take up to 223 trees to offset the CO2 produced by a child watching 3 hours of TV every day for 18 years?

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