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December 18th, 2008
05:06 PM ET

Global warming battle still on

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Carl Pope
Special to CNN

Global warming data is released constantly these days - and all of it shows that our planet is in peril.

We know that pollution taints our air, water and land, and global warming threatens humans and wildlife in all corners of the globe.

Just this week, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that based on records dating back to 1880, 2008 is on track to be one of the 10 warmest years globally, even though it was the coolest year since the turn of the century.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT

    I am concerned that we may be a bit too late to help our ailing Planet.

    December 18, 2008 at 7:11 pm |
  2. Michael

    You know its funny how in the 70's global cooling was the trendy political climate change cause to adopt and we are seeing the same nonsense espoused by scientists and politicians who only hope to score popularity and points on this massive bandwagon. There is no conclusive evidence that global warming is man made yet the mainstream public is led to believe by the media that this is not up for debate. There are plenty of scientists who disagree for all those who do agree, but you don't really hear their voices because they are blacklisted by the community for speaking their minds. Stop hoping for the climate to be constant, there is only one thing constant about it, and that is its constantly changing. There are plenty of worse kinds of pollution. There will always be a generation of alarmists that think the sky is falling down.

    December 18, 2008 at 7:03 pm |
  3. Maria

    Greenhouse effect and global warming became an alarming issue over 2 decades ago, yet the global efforts to encounter global warming still at infancy!!!Sea water level is expected to raise threatening cities and nations that located below sea level. Millions of people are expected to displaced that might collapse health system in poor places like India and Bangladesh. Maldives is a paradise expanded over a chain of tiny islands is threatened by global warming. On November 10, 2008, The Guardian reported that the Maldives authority is investing their land to buy new homeland!! Here in USA, heat will be serious issue that can cause drought and destroy forest land and some cities like New Orleans could easily disappear. The poles will continue melting endangering the habitat and fueling the greenhouse effect chain. I am totally upset of the world continuous ignorance of the issue, and just keeping band aid over the wound. Unfortunate, we become selfish and never think of next generations. The problem will continue growing; and if the globe fails to take serious measures, no single continent will escape the consequence in the next century.

    December 18, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  4. Joanne, Solvay, NY

    Perhaps the Detroit automakers could research smaller vehicle manufacturing as they were aware of 30 years ago!

    December 18, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  5. Cori from Colorado

    Global Warming worsens every year, but, I think it may be a few hunded years before the planet is in such bad shape that damage will be irreversible.

    It's taken us almost a century with the industrial revolution and invention of the car, to damage the planet, which is why I think it will be another couple hundred years before the planet is completely doomed. It's going to take more than just restrictions in the U.S. to save this planet, it needs to be a global effort. From what I see in places like Asia, India, Mexico, Brazil, etc., things aren't improving. I'm just glad I won't be alive to see the planet implode.

    December 18, 2008 at 5:39 pm |