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Sunday, October 25, 2009

US collective amnesia-- New poll on Global warming is disappointing

It seems like the collective intelligence of this country drops from time to time. A good example of this is Global Warming. According to The Wichita Eagle:

“Poll: Fewer in U.S. think global warming exists


Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Americans seem to be cooling toward global warming.

Just 57 percent think there is solid evidence the world is getting warmer, down 20 points in just three years, a new poll says. And the share of people who think pollution caused by humans is causing temperatures to rise has also taken a dip, even as the U.S. and world forums gear up for possible action against climate change.

In a poll of 1,500 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, released Thursday, the number of people saying there is strong scientific evidence that the Earth has gotten warmer over the past few decades is down from 71 percent in April of last year and from 77 percent when Pew started asking the question in 2006. The number of people who see the situation as a serious problem also has declined.

The steepest drop has occurred during the past year, as Congress and the Obama administration have taken steps to control heat-trapping emissions for the first time and international negotiations for a new treaty to slow global warming have been under way. At the same time, there has been mounting scientific evidence of climate change — from melting ice caps to the world's oceans hitting the highest monthly recorded temperatures this summer.”

Year after year, month after month, evidence of global warming and climate changes are adding up. The facts are that the Earth’s polls are melting. Every ice cap in the Polar regions and ice on mountain tops are melting. There have been record floods this year, hurricanes are becoming common place along the east coast and people seem not to notice these changes.

Is it a collective short term memory loss? Is it a case of denial? Is it a backlash against the president? Whatever it is, it is dangerous for people to ignore the damage we humans have caused to the Earth. The US continues to lag behind other European countries when it comes to protecting the environment.

Environmental damage is happening NOW. It is not some scary futuristic story, it is taking place right now and it threatens to get worse. This is no time to ignore global warming.

A polar bear mother and her two cubs walk along the shore of Hudson Bay in Manitoba near Churchill, Canada. In May, the U.S. Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species saying it must be protected because of the decline in Arctic sea ice from global warming. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward, File)

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