Climate Change And The Greenhouse Effect

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Instead of Waiting for Climate Heroes, Let’s Look in the Mirror Despite mounting evidence and countless warnings, politicians around the world have still failed to address climate change. We need stronger climate leadership, to be sure, but instead of waiting for heroes to save us, maybe we can all help out and do some of the work ourselves? August 7, 2016 — It’s 2016, and we’ve known about climate change and the greenhouse effect for a very long time. And yet, despite decades of scientific research, reports, and warnings confirming the urgency of climate change, too many of our political leaders have done too little to actually solve the problem. Of course, there are some great exceptions: Governor Jerry Brown, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, President Barack Obama, and Pope Francis have all done much to tackle climate change, often while facing strong opposition. But it’s not enough. Greenhouse gas levels continue to climb, the planet continues to warm, and we continue to wait for solutions. The world’s political leadership, on balance, has been too timid, too slow, and too disconnected from the science to adequately address climate change. And we’re left waiting, again, hoping for new leaders to arrive on the scene — leaders who will finally tackle the climate challenge. We continue to think this time, this time, is the time we’ll get leaders who will address it. I’m tired of waiting. And so are many others. The
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