Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Global warming: Lots of bad news
Science's online news service, ScienceNOW, today features three depressing stories about the effects of climate change.
The first, by our climate correspondent Richard Kerr, cites studies concluding that the effects of global warming are going to be with us (ie, our descendants, if they survive) for 1000 years.
Then, in a story entitled "Death March of the Penguins?" freelance correspondant Helen Fields reports that melting sea ice in the far south could wipe out populations of emperor penguins within the next 100 years.
Finally, freelancer Phil Berardelli breaks the bad news about global warming's effects on the oceans: Even if we get a handle on the problem, climate change will leave numerous oxygen-depleted "dead zones," which would threaten much marine life and those animals--like us humans--who depend on it.
The links to these sobering stories, which might make you glad the U.S. now has a president who takes global warming seriously, are free for four weeks from publication. Check them out now while you still have the chance.