New US report repeats climate warning

International Herald Tribune [France]

04/18/07

For the second time in a month, private consultants to the American government are warning that human-driven warming of the climate poses risks to the national security of the United States. A report, which had been scheduled to be published on Monday but was distributed to some reporters Saturday, said issues usually associated with the environment — such as rising ocean levels, droughts and violent weather caused by global warming — were also national security concerns. … The effects of global warming, the study said, could lead to large-scale migrations, increased border tensions, the spread of disease and conflicts over food and water. All could lead to direct involvement by the U.S. military...

//www.iht.com/articles/2007/04/16/news/climate.php



Global warming hits southwest

AlterNet
by Mike Davis

04/17/07

The polar bear on its shrinking ice floe has become the urgent icon of global warming and runaway climate change. Even the flat-earther in the White House now concedes that the magnificent bears may be doomed to extinction as the sea ice melts and the Arctic Ocean is transformed into open blue water for the first time in millions of years. Humanity’s ‘great geophysical experiment,’ as the oceanographer Roger Revelle long ago characterized the steeply rising curve of carbon dioxide emission, has knocked nature off its Holocene foundations in the circumpolar lands. But the Arctic is not the only theater of spectacular and unequivocal climate change, nor are the polar bears the only heralds of a new age of chaos. Consider, for example, some of Ursus maritimus’s distant relatives: the black bears that forage happily but ominously in the fabled Chisos Mountains of Texas’s Big Bend National Park. They may be the messengers of an environmental transformation in the Borderlands almost as radical as that taking place in Alaska or Greenland...

//www.alternet.org/envirohealth/50212/


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