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The Ways that Global Warming Will Change Your Life
By the Center for American Progress

*Say Goodbye to French Wines. Wacky temperatures and rain cycles brought on
by global warming are threatening something very important: Wine.
Scientists believe global warming will "shift viticultural regions toward
the poles, cooler coastal zones and higher elevations." What that means in
regular language: Get ready to *Say bye-bye to French Bordeaux and hello to
British champagne. [LA Times]

*Say Goodbye to Light and Dry Wines. Warmer temperatures mean grapes in
California and France develop their sugars too quickly, well before their
other flavors. As a result, growers are forced to either a) leave the
grapes on the vines longer, which dramatically raises the alcoholic content
of the fruit or b) pick the grapes too soon and make overly sweet wine that
tastes like jam. [Washington Post]

*Say Goodbye to Pinot Noir. The reason you adore pinot noir is that it comes
from a notoriously temperamental thin-skinned grape that thrives in cool
climates. Warmer temperatures are already damaging the pinots from Oregon,
"baking away" the grape's berry flavors. [Bloomberg]

*Say Goodbye to Baseball. The future of the ash tree -- from which all
baseball bats are made -- is in danger of disappearing, thanks to a
combination of killer beetles and global warming. [NY Times]

*Say Goodbye to Christmas Trees. The Pine Bark Beetle, which feeds on and
kills pine trees, used to be held in control by cold winter temperatures.
Now the species is thriving and killing off entire forests in British
Columbia, unchecked. [Seattle Post Intelligencer]

*Say Goodbye to the Beautiful Alaska Vacation. Warmer weather allowed Spruce Bark Beetles to live longer, hardier lives in the forests of Kenai
Peninsula in Alaska, where they killed off a section of spruce forest the
size of Connecticut . [Alaska Science Forum]

*Say Goodbye to Fly Fishing. As water temperatures continue to rise,
researchers *Say rainbow trout, "already at the southern limits" of their
temperature ranges in the Appalachian mountains, could disappear there over
the next century. [Softpedia]

*Say Goodbye to Ski Competitions. Unusually warmer winters caused the
International Ski Federation to cancel last year's Alpine skiing World Cup
and opening races in Sölden, Austria. Skiers are also hard-pressed now to
find places for year-round training. Olympic gold medalist Anja Paerson:
"Of course we're all very worried about the future of our sport. Every year
we have more trouble finding places to train." [NY Times]

*Say Goodbye to Ski Vacations. Slopes on the East Coast last year closed
months ahead of time due to warmer weather, some losing as much as a third
of their season. [Washington Post]

*Say Hello to Really Tacky Fake Ski Vacations. Weiner Air Force and former
House Majority Leader Dick Armey are building a year-round ski resort in
Texas, with "wet, white Astroturf with bristles" standing in for snow to
make up for all the closed resorts around the country. [WSJ]

*Say Goodbye to That Snorkeling Vacation. The elkhorn coral which used to
line the floor of the Caribbean are nearly gone, "victims of pollution,
warmer water and acidification from the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide
seeping into oceans." [Denver Post]

*Say Goodbye to That Tropical Island Vacation. Indonesia's environment
minister announced this year that scientific studies estimate about 2,000
of the country's lush tropical islands could disappear by 2030 due to
rising sea levels. [ABC News]

*Say Goodbye to Cool Cultural Landmarks. The World Monuments Fund recently
added "global warming" as a threat in their list of the top 100 threatened
cultural landmarks. "On Herschel Island, Canada, melting permafrost
threatens ancient Inuit sites and a historic whaling town. In Chinguetti,
Mauritania, the desert is encroaching on an ancient mosque. In Antarctica,
a hut once used by British explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott has
survived almost a century of freezing conditions but is now in danger of
being engulfed by increasingly heavy snows." [AP]

*Say Goodbye to Salmon Dinners. Get ready for a lot more chicken dinners:
Wild pacific salmon have already vanished from 40 percent of their
traditional habitats in the Northwest and the NRDC warns warmer
temperatures are going to erase 41 percent of their habitat by 2090. [ENS]

*Say Goodbye to Lobster Dinners. Lobsters thrive in the chilly waters of New
England, but recent numbers show that as those waters have warmed up, "the
big-clawed American lobster -- prized for its delicate, sweet flesh -- has
been withering at an alarming rate from New York state to Massachusetts."
[Bangor Times]
*Say Goodbye to Discoveries of Sharks That Can Walk. Scientists recently
revealed a "lost world" of marine life off the coast of Indonesia,
including 20 new species of corals, 8 species of shrimp, a technicolor fish
that "flashes" bright pink, yellow, blue, and green hues, and sharks that
"walk" on their fins. (" Avon Lady. Candygram.") However, marine biologists
warn the threats posed by global warming means millions of other crazycool
sea creatures may become extinct before we ever discover them. [ABC]
*Say Goodbye to Meadows of Wildflowers. Scientists think global warming
could wipe out a fifth of the wildflower species in the western United
States. They'll be replaced by dominant grasses. [National Wildlife
Federation]
*Say Goodbye to Guacamole. Scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory predict hotter temps will cause a 40 percent drop in California
's avocado production over the next 40 years. [Lawrence Livermore National
Lab]
*Say Goodbye to Mixed Nuts. Guess you'll have to start eating pretzels at
the bar instead: Scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
predict hotter temps will cause a 20 percent drop in California 's almond
and walnut crops over the next 40 years. [Science Daily] The walnut is
already riddled with bugs they can't kill

*Say Goodbye to French Fries. Scientists from the Consultative Group on
International Agricultural Research sez warmer temperatures are killing off
wild relatives of potato and peanut plants, "threatening a valuable source
of genes necessary to help these food crops fight pests and drought." SO it's like all the doctors and pharm are abandoning the tater peanut world.

*Say Goodbye to Your Pretty Lawn. Thanks to global warming, dandelions will
grow "taller, lusher, and more resilient." By 2100, the weed will produce
32 percent more seeds and longer hairs, which allow them to spread further
in the wind. [LA Times] I'm already seeing THAT happen. 118 in summer here in San Fernando Valley (Anita Sands Hernandez, your poster girl.)

*Say Hello to More Mosquitoes. Get ready for more mosquitoes. Mosquitoes
like to live in drains and sewer puddles. During long dry spells (brought
on by higher temperatures) these nasty, stagnant pools become a vital
source of water for thirsty birds ... which provide a tasty feast for the
resident mosquitoes. At the same time, these dry spells "reduce the
populations of dragonflies, lacewings, and frogs that eat the mosquitoes."
[Washington Post]  DDT was really a good thing. Who knew?

*Say Hello to Poison Ivy. You're gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion.
Increased CO2 levels cause poison ivy and other weeds to grow "taller,
lusher, and more resilient." [LA Times]

*Say Hello to Bulgarian Hooker Shortages. "Brothel owners in Bulgaria are
blaming global warming for staff shortages. They claim their best girls are
working in ski resorts because a lack of snow has forced tourists who GO THERE to ski cannot. and must seek other pleasures." [Metro UK]

Global Warming Kills the Animals Species Disappear. The latest report from the World Conservation Union says that a minimum of 40 percent of the world's species are being threatened ... and global warming's one of the main culprits. [Reuters]
Cannibalistic Polar Bears... As longer seasons without ice keep polar bears
away from food, they start eating each other. [AP]

...And Dying Polar Bears. A recent study completed by the U.S. Geological
Survey shows that cannibalism -- while brutal -- may be the least of the
bear's problems. Many are also drowning, unable to swim in the increased
spaces between melting sea ice. Two-thirds of them may be gone by 2050.
[National Geographic] [Mongo Bay]

More Bear Attacks. Earlier this year, Moscow warned its citizens to beware
of brown bear attacks. In Russia, it's been too hot in the winter for bears
to sleep. When bears can't hibernate, they get very grouchy and become
"unusually aggressive."[Der Spiegel]

Dying Gray Whales . Save the whales! Global warming is thwarting majestic
gray whales' struggle to recover from their endangered status. In recent
years, more gray whales have been washing up on beaches after starving to
death. Culprit: Rising ocean temps, which are killing off their food
supply. [Washington Post]

Death March of the Penguins. Scientists blame global warming for the
declining penguin population, as warmer waters and smaller ice floes force
the birds to travel further to find food. "Emperor penguins ... have
dropped from 300 breeding pairs to just nine in the western Antarctic
Peninsula."[National Geographic] [MSNBC]

Farewell to Frogs. An estimated two-thirds of the 110 known species of
harlequin frog in Central and South America have vanished since the 1980s
due to the outbreak of a deadly frog fungus ... brought on by global
warming. Scientist J. Allen Pound: "Disease is the bullet killing frogs,
but climate change is pulling the trigger." [National Geographic]
Farewell to the Arctic Fox. The White Arctic Fox used to rule the colder
climes, but as temperatures warm up, its more aggressive cousin, the Red
Fox, is moving North and taking over. [Wired]

Farewell to the Walrus. Walrus pups rest on sea ice while their mothers
hunt for food. A new study shows more and more abandoned pups are being
stranded on floating islands as ice islands melt. Also, sadly, mother
walruses are abandoning them to follow the ice further north. [Mongo Bay]

Farewell to Cute Koala Bears. Australia's Climate Action Network reports
that higher temperatures are killing off eucalyptus trees while higher
levels of CO2 in the atmosphere are decreasing the nutritional value of the
eucalyptus leaves Koala bears eat. They warn that the cute furry creatures
could become extinct in the next few decades. [Science]

HELLO Jellyfish Attack. Ouch! At least 30,000 people were stung by jellyfish
along the Mediterranean coast last year; some areas boasted more than 10
jellyfish per square foot of water. Thank global warming: Jellyfish
generally stay out of the way of swimmers, preferring the warmer, saltier
water of the open seas. Hotter temperatures erase the natural temperature
barrier between the open sea and the shore. The offshore waters also become
more saline, causing the stinging blobs of hurt to move in toward the
coastlines (and your unsuspecting legs). [BBC]

Giant Squid Attack. Giant squid -- an "aggressive predator" that grows up
to 7 feet long and can weigh more than 110 lbs -- used to only be found in
the warm waters along the Pacific equator. Hotter waters mean today they're
invading the waters of California and even Alaska. [ABC]
Homeless Sheep, Goats, and Bears. Bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and
grizzly bears are becoming homeless, due to the disappearance of the alpine
meadows in GlacierNational Park. [AP]

Homeless Deer and Marsh Rabbits. The deer and marsh rabbits in the Florida
Keys also face a housing crisis, as water levels rise and warmer
temperatures destroy coastal prairies and freshwater marsh habitats. [AP]

Gender-Bended Lizards. Scientists in Australia found warmer temperatures
caused baby bearded dragon lizards to change from males to females while
still in their eggs, making it harder for them to find mates. Trippy. 

More Stray Kitties. Global warming has extended the cat-breeding season
beyond spring, which is the usual time for a kitten boom. The kittens are
often homeless and end up in animal shelters. And remember, "The trouble
with a kitten is that/ Eventually it becomes a cat." [NBC-10: Philadelphia]
[Ogden Nash]

Suffocating the Lemmings. Lemmings like to burrow under the snow when they
hibernate for the winter. Warmer temperatures cause rain to fall during the
winter months, where it freezes into a hard sheet of ice above the sleeping
lemmings, who can't crack their way out come spring. [Denver Post]

Goodbye to Cod. Cod in the North Sea are dying out. The warmer waters kill
off the plankton the cod eat, making those ones that survive smaller. The
warmer waters also mean the poor dears have become "less successful at
mating and reproducing." [MSNBC]

Birds around the World. Recent research found that "up to 72 percent of
bird species in northeastern Australia and more than a third in Europe
could go extinct due to global warming." [Monga Bay]

Birds on the Coast. Hundreds of Pacific seabirds -- such as common murres,
auklets, and tufted puffins -- washed ashore last year after starving to
death. Scientists blame global warming which led to less plankton, which
led to fewer small fish for the birds to eat. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Birds in your Backyard. A report by the National Audubon Society found that
birds such as the bobwhite and field sparrow are dying thanks to global
warming, as higher temperatures mess with their migration schedules. With
vital food stocks peaking earlier and earlier, many migratory birds get to
the party too late and can't find enough to eat. [CNN] [ABC News]

Death to a Snail. The Aldabra banded snail is officially extinct. Existing
only on an atoll 426 kilometers northwest of the northern tip of  Madagascar,
the snail died out after warmer weather cut the rainfall in its  habitat. [Monga Bay]

Global Warming Kills the Planet

Greenland's Melting. Greenland is melting at a rate of 52 cubic miles per
year -- much faster than once predicted. If Greenland 's entire 2.5 million
cubic kilometers of ice were to melt, it would lead to a global sea level
rise of 7.2 meters, or more than 23 feet. [LA Times]
Less Ice in the Arctic . The amount of ice in the Arctic at the end of the
2005 summer "was the smallest seen in 27 years of satellite imaging, and
probably the smallest in 100 years." Experts said it's the strongest
evidence of global warming in the Arctic thus far. [Washington Post]
The Northwest Passage Becomes a Reality. Remember the "Northwest Passage"?
For centuries, explorers were obsessed with the almost-mythical idea of
northern sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific. Well...it's here.
So much of the ice cover in the Arctic disappeared this summer that ships
were able to take recreational trips through the Arctic, and scientists say
so much of the ice cover will disappear in upcoming years that the passage
could be open to commercial shipping by 2020. [CNN]

Ice Shelf in Antarctica Bites the Dust. In 2002, a chunk of ice in
Antarctica larger than the state of Rhode Island collapsed into the sea.
British and Belgian scientists said the chunk was weakened by warm winds
blowing over the shelf ... and that the winds were caused by global
warming. [ENS]

Ice Shelf in Canada Bites the Dust. In 2005, a giant chunk of ice the size
of Manhattan broke off of a Canadian ice shelf and began free floating
westward, putting oil drilling operations in peril. [Reuters]

*Say Farewell to Glaciers. "In Glacier National Park, the number of glaciers
in the park has dropped from 150 to 26 since 1850. Some project that none
will be left within 25 to 30 years." [AP]

The Green, Green Grass of Antarctica. Grass has started to grow in
Antarctica in areas formerly covered by ice sheets and glaciers. While
Antarctic hair grass has grown before in isolated tufts, warmer
temperatures allow it to take over larger and larger areas and, for the
first time, survive through the winter. [UK Times]

The Swiss Foothills. Late last summer, a rock the size of two Empire State
Buildings in the Swiss Alps collapsed onto the canyon floor nearly 700 feet
below. The reason? Melting glaciers. [MSNBC]  They still don't know if anybody was down there under it. TWO EMPIRE STATE BLDGS!

Giant Seas in Africa. Global warming may unleash giant "sand seas" in
Africa -- giant fields of sand dunes with no vegetation -- as a shortage of
rainfall and increasing winds may "reactivate" the now-stable Kalahari dune
fields. That means farewell to local vegetation, animals, and any tourism
in the areas. [National Geographic]

Florida's National Marine Sanctuary in Trouble. Global warming is
"bleaching" the coral in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary,
killing the coral, tourism, and local fish that live among the coral for
protection. [Washington Post]

The Oceans are Turning to Acid. It sounds like a really bad sci-fi movie,
but it's true: The oceans are turning to acid! Oceans absorb CO2 which,
when mixed with seawater, turns to a weak carbonic acid. Calcium from
eroded rocks creates a "natural buffer" against the acid, and most marine
life is "finely tuned" to the current balance. As we produce more and more
CO2, we throw the whole balance out of whack and the oceans turn to acid.
[CS Monitor]

*Say Goodbye to the Great Barrier Reef. According to the U.N., the Great
Barrier Reef will disappear within decades as "warmer, more acidic seas
could severely bleach coral in the world-famous reef as early as 2030."
[CBC News]

Mediterranean Sea? Try the Dead Sea. Italian experts say that thanks to faster
evaporation and rising temperatures, the Mediterranean Sea is quickly
turning into "a salty and stagnant sea." The hot, salty water "could doom
many of the sea's plant and animal species and ravage the fishing
industry." [AP]

A Sacred River Dries Up. The sacred Ganges River in India is beginning to
run dry. The Ganges is fed by the Gangotri glacier, which is today
"shrinking at a rate of 40 yards a year, nearly twice as fast as two
decades ago." Scientists warn the glacier could be gone as soon as 2030.
[Washington Post] Hindus bathe in it. When that luxury ends.....STINKY

Disappearing African Rivers. Geologists recently projected a 10 percent to
20 percent drop in rainfall in northwestern and southern Africa by 2070.
That would leave Botswana with just 23 percent of the river it has now;
Cape Town would be left with just 42 percent of its river water. [National
Geographic]

Suddenly Vanishing Lakes. What happened to the five-acre glacial lake in
Southern Chile? In March, it was there. In May, it was ... gone. Scientists
blame global warming. [BBC News]

Goodbye to the Mangrove Trees. Next on the global warming hit list: Rising
sea levels linked to climate change mean we could lose half of the mangrove
trees of the Pacific Isles by the end of the century. [UNEP]

Volcanoes Blow Their Tops. British scientists warn of another possible side
effect of climate change: A surge of dangerous volcanic eruptions. [ABC
News Australia]
More Hurricanes. Over the past century, the number of hurricanes that
strike each year has more than doubled. Scientists blame global warming and
the rising temperature of the surface of the seas. [USA Today]
More Floods. During the summer of 2007, Britain suffered its worst flood in
60 years. Scientists point the finger directly at global warming, which
changed precipitation patterns and is now causing more "intense rainstorms
across parts of the northern hemisphere."[Independent]
More Fires. Hotter temperatures could also mean larger and more devastating
wildfires. This past summer in California, a blaze consumed more than
33,500 acres, or 52 square miles. [ABC] [AP]
More Wildfires. Global warming has also allowed non-native grasses to
thrive in the Mojave Desert, where they act as fast-burning fuel for
wildfires. [AP]
Thunderstorms Get Dangerous. Hurricanes aside, NASA scientists now say that as
the world gets hotter, even smaller thunderstorms will pose more severe
risks with "deadly lightning, damaging hail and the potential for
tornadoes." [AP]
Higher Sea Levels. Scientists believe sea levels will be three feet higher
by the end of the century than they are now. [National Geographic]
Burning Poo. As "shifting rainfall patterns" brought on by global warming
"have made northern Senegal drier and hotter," entire species of trees
(like the Dimb Tree) are dying out, making it harder for natives to find
firewood. As a result, more people are having to burn cow dung for cooking
fires. [MSNBC] ADIOS MALIBU!
A New Dust Bowl. Calling Mr. Steinbeck. Scientists this year reported the
Southwest United States is "expected to dry up notably in this century and
could become as arid as the North American dust bowl of the 1930s," a
process which has already started. [ABC News]
Global Warming Makes Us Sicker
People Are Dying. 150,000: Number of people the World Health Organization
estimates are killed by climate-change-related issues every year. MOlds grow in
heat, water dries up and critters die and the water becomes morbid, toxic.
[Washington Post]
Heat Waves and Strokes. Authorities in China *Say warmer temperatures are
responsible for an uptick in heat-wave associated deaths, such as strokes
and heart disease. They calculated between 173 and 685 Chinese citizens per
million die every year from ailments related to global warming. [MSNBC]
Death by Smog. Three words you really don't want in your obit: "Death by
Smog." Yet Canadian doctors *Say smog-related deaths could rise by 80
percent over the next 20 years. And since warm air is a key ingredient in
smog, warmer temperatures will increase smog levels. [CBC News]
More Heart Attacks. Doctors warn global warming will bring more
cardiovascular problems, like heart attacks. "'The hardening of the heart's
arteries is like rust developing on a car,' said Dr. Gordon Tomaselli,
chief of cardiology at Johns Hopkins University. 'Rust develops much more
quickly at warm temperatures and so does atherosclerosis.'" [MSNBC]
More Mold and Ragweed = More Allergies, Asthma. A Harvard Study in 2004
showed higher concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere is good news to
allergens like mold and ragweed (they love the stuff). And that means
higher rates of asthma attacks, especially in kids. [Globe and Mail]
A Resurgence In Deadly Disease. "The World Health Organization has
identified more than 30 new or resurgent diseases in the last three
decades, the sort of explosion some experts *Say has not happened since the
Industrial Revolution brought masses of people together in cities." Why?
Global warming "is fueling the spread of epidemics in areas unprepared for
the diseases" when "mosquitoes, ticks, mice and other carriers are
surviving warmer winters and expanding their range, bringing health threats
with them." Ick. [Washington Post]
More Malaria in Africa. "A WHO report in 2000 found that warming had caused
malaria to spread from three districts in western Kenya to 13 and led to
epidemics of the disease in Rwanda and Tanzania." [Washington Post]
Malaria Spreading in Western Europe. The World Health Organization warns
warmer temperatures mean malaria-carrying mosquitoes are able to live in
northern climes, which could lead to a surge in malaria outside the tropics
(aka Europe). [BBC]
Malaria Spreading in South America. Thanks to global warming, "Malaria has
spread to higher altitudes in places like the Colombian Andes, 7,000 feet
above sea level." [An Inconvenient Truth]
Malaria Spreading in Russia. Russians found larvae of the anopheles
mosquito, the malaria carrier, for the first time in Moscow last September.
[BBC]
Spread of Dengue Fever. Scientists predict warmer temperatures will allow
mosquitoes carrying Dengue Fever to travel outside the tropics. Since
people in cooler climes lack immunity from previous exposure, that means
transmission would be extensive. You get a severe fever, you start
spontaneously bleeding, you can die. There is no vaccine. [Science Daily]
Death in the Time of Cholera. Cholera, which thrives in warmer water,
appeared in the newly warmed waters of South America in 1991 for the first
time in the 20th century. "It swept from Peru across the continent and into
Mexico, killing more than 10,000 people." [Washington Post]
Spread of Lyme Disease. Cold weather no longer kills ticks that carry Lyme
Disease. Ticks recently began spreading along the coastlines of
Scandinavia, which formerly was too cold for them to survive. Cases of Lyme
Disease in the area have doubled since the late 1990s. [MSNBC]
West Nile Virus Home Invasion. Once confined to land near the equator, West
Nile Virus is now found as far north as Canada. Seven years ago, West Nile
virus had never been seen in North America; today, it has "infected more
than 21,000 people in the United States and Canada and killed more than
800." [Washington Post]
Global Warming Threatens Our National Security
IISS: "A Global Catastrophe" For International Security. A recent study
done by the International Institute for Strategic Studies has likened the
international security effects of global warming to those caused by nuclear
war. [On Deadline]
U.N.: As Dangerous As War. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
said this year that global warming poses as much of a threat to the world
as war. [BBC]
Center for Naval Analyses: National Security Threat. In April, a report
completed by the Center for Naval Analyses predicted that global warming
would cause "large-scale migrations, increased border tensions, the spread
of disease and conflicts over food and water." [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
Genocide in Sudan. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon charges, "Amid the
diverse social and political causes, the Darfur conflict began as an
ecological crisis, arising at least in part from climate change."
[Washington Post]
War in Somalia . In April, a group of 11 former U.S. military leaders
released a report charging that the war in Somalia during the 1990s stemmed
in part from national resource shortages caused by global warming.
[Washington Post]
Starvation. A study by IISS found that reduced water supplies and hotter
temperatures mean "65 countries were likely to lose over 15 percent of
their agricultural output by 2100." [Yahoo]
Large-Scale Migrations. Global warming will turn already-dry environments
into deserts, causing the people who live there to migrate in massive
numbers to more livable places. [MSNBC]
More Refugees. A study by the relief group Christian Aid estimates the
number of refugees around the world will top a billion by 2050, thanks in
large part to global warming. [Telegraph]
Increased Border Tensions. A report called "National Security and the
Threat of Climate Change," written by a group of retired generals and
admirals, specifically linked global warming to increased border tensions.
If, as some project, sea levels rise, human migrations may occur, likely
both within and across borders." [NY Times]
Famine. "Developing countries, many with average temperatures that are
already near or above crop tolerance levels, are predicted to suffer an
average 10 to 25 percent decline in agricultural productivity by the
2080s." [Economic Times]
Droughts. Global warming will cause longer, more devastating droughts, thus
exacerbating the fight over the world's water. [Washington Post]
The Poor Are Most at Risk. Although they produce low amounts of greenhouse
gases, experts *Say under-developed countries -- such as those in
sub-Saharan Africa -- have "the most to lose under dire predictions of
wrenching change in weather patterns." [Washington Post]
Your Checkbook. A report done last year by the British government showed
global warming could cause a Global Great Depression, costing the world up
to 20 percent of its annual Global Domestic Product. [Washington Post]
The World's Checkbook. A study by the Global Development and Environment
Institute at Tufts University found that ignoring global warming would end
up costing $20 trillion by 2100. OH AND LITERALLY CHECKS. They are
scheduled for EXORCISM. It'll be plastic or nothing. World economy in the crapper, it becomes wayyyy too costly to process the annoying (to banks,) little paper flippy thingies.

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