Tuesday, June 12, 2007
This weeks book is "An Inconvenient Truth" by Al Gore. I am sure a lot of people have heard of the movie, but this is the book from it and with some more background on him. I am still waiting to see the movie - I have it on hold at the library - but this was a neat way to see it too.
We have all heard of global warming. The talk of it is everywhere and with conflicting stories and half truths. Al uses the facts from the past hundreds of years. It's pretty hard to argue with facts.
Fact: Tons of glaciers are receding and some disappearing in the last 20-30 years.
Fact: The population of the earth in 1776 was 1 billion , in 1945 2.3 billion and today 6.5 billion. That means it has almost TRIPLED in the last 60 years.
Fact: The record for the most hurricanes ever in a year was set in 2005(the year the book was out). They ran out of letters! I always thought that there has always been hurricanes, tornadoes, floods - and there has, but now there are MORE. And they are more violent.
There were many more things too like the lowering of the ice in the poles, the destruction of coral, the effects of no warm gulf stream meaning Europe would be like Canada's arctic, the propaganda the oil companies are feeding us about " It's all a big hype, no worry, etc."
A really thought provoking read.
This is our home and the only one we have. Time to start listening?
at 2:08 PM