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Fossil-Fueled Climate Consequences "immediate and very human"; Clean Energy the Answer

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Given renewable energy's plummeting cost, its job-creation abilities, its water-saving potential, and its massive advantage over fossil fuels in terms of human health impacts, it's not like we really need any more strong reasons to support it.  But heck, why not: here's yet another strong reason to be in favor for clean energy.

"The polar bear is us," says Patricia Romero Lankao of the federally financed National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., referring to the first species to be listed as threatened by global warming due to melting sea ice.

She will be among the more than 60 scientists in Japan to finish writing a massive and authoritative report on the impacts of global warming. With representatives from about 100 governments at this week's meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, they'll wrap up a summary that tells world leaders how bad the problem is.

The key message from leaked drafts and interviews with the authors and other scientists: The big risks and overall effects of global warming are far more immediate and local than scientists once thought. It's not just about melting ice, threatened animals and plants. It's about the human problems of hunger, disease, drought, flooding, refugees and war, becoming worse.

On this same topic, I'd also refer you to a Reuters article yesterday, which reported that "There has been no reverse in the trend of global warming and there is still consistent evidence for man-made climate change." Finally, DeSmogBlog reports on an oil spill in Galveston that "continued to unfold on Monday, the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska." In stark contrast, as the joke goes, when there's a "solar spill," it's what most of us call a "sunny day." That sounds like a far better option than what fossil fuels have to offer us - pollution, sickness, suffering.

UPDATE: Also see this article, which explains that "[r]ising demand for energy, from biofuels to shale gas, is a threat to freshwater supplies that are already under strain from climate change."

Topics: Clean Economy