What do you think about global warming?

United States
November 11, 2006 9:40am CST
Do you believe that global warming is a real threat, or that politicians are exagerrating about the dangers? What, if anything, do you think can be done about it? What are you, personally, doing about it?
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@timou87 (1642)
• Singapore
11 Nov 06
No I do not think the threat is being exaggerated, we are seeing the effects of global warming around us already, if anything politicians are refusing to do anything about this because they think that this matter does not arouse the interests of the voters. If they refuse to do anything, then we on the gound must make a conscious effort to be mindful of the environment. We can start by doing little things like recycling more and saving water and electricity, and taking more public transport or even walking.
• United States
11 Nov 06
Thanks so much for such a terrific response!
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@pagli84 (1850)
• Netherlands
12 Nov 06
interesting question. i actually took a course in sustainable development last term, and we looked at the issue of global warming. i think it definitely exists, but the world is not going to end anywhere in the near future because of it. there are a lot of things that can be done but not much is being done. the kyoto protocol was set in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the largest contributer to greenhouse gases in the world, the USA, refused to ratify it. they refused to ratify it because it didnt give any punishments to countries like china and india who have huge populations and might someday emit the same amount as the US (but estimates are that this wont happen for at least 10-20 years). we had to do a debate at the end of the term on whether the burden of greenhouse gas emissions should be shared equally by developed and developing countries or not. my group thought that it shouldnt be shared equally. what we suggested to do instead is divide the world into three categories (kyoto protocol only has 2: developed and developing). there should be a developed category, a newly-industrialized category that includes countries like china, south korea, etc. who do contribute a lot to greenhouse gas emissions, and the third world who do not have the resources to fight this problem nor are they contributing that much to it in the first place. the developed countries should take the biggest burden, the NICs a portion, and the third world none but they should be helped financially and technologically by the other 2 categories.
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• United States
17 Nov 06
That...that's about the best response I think I could ask for to this question. I want to take that class! And your idea about three categories instead of two is rather brilliant! Thank you so much for your response.
@loudcry (1044)
• India
12 Nov 06
I do not think global warming is a threat. Evivironmental alarmist have been crying wolf for many years now. Infact, according to some studies global warming is good. it has been seen that whenever there has been an increase in CO2 levels there has been a spur of new growth in forests.also , because the earth is cooling global warming may actually be necessory for sustainance of life on earth. And the amount of pollutants mankind has produced till date can be spit out by a volcano in single day! there is no point making the industry take the burnt of this environment humbug, instead the creators of wealth should be respected.
• United States
12 Nov 06
Thanks so much for your opinion! Those are all good points.
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
4 Apr 07
It is a major concern, sure and we do a lot of recycling in this country and we are careful about wasting electricity, but to be honest I personally don't see global warming destroying this world, it'll be through man waging war and nuclear arsenals wiping out the world either that or we get hit by a massive asteroid.
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• United States
11 Apr 07
I think I pretty well agree with you there. Thanks so much!
• United States
17 Nov 06
30 years ago, all the hype was about how we were about to enter a new ice age. yes, last year was warmer than it was 100 years ago. But, that says nothing about the future. In fact, cooling trends have been noticed in the Artic. Global warming proponents claims this is nature fighting back to retain its normal cycles. How about just, it is part of the natural warming/cooling cycles?
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• United States
17 Nov 06
It's possible that this is true, but I think in situations like this, where we're dealing with the very stuff of the place we live, it's better to err on the side of caution instead of just assuming that it's no big deal and ignoring it. Thanks for your response!
@Pmcbride (1082)
17 Nov 06
it really worries me, as i have children i am worried that the world will change dramatically before they get older. Global warming is destroying future generations NOW is the time to act, i'm doing my bit what about you?
• United States
17 Nov 06
I also have kids and frankly, I agree completely with you. I'm terrified thinking about what they might have to deal with in the future. I feel that I'm doing my bit as well, but what is yours I wonder?
• Philippines
17 Nov 06
i think its a real threat, i can feel it in my own country, now its november and its still hot, the climate, i hate it so humid, in any case i hope more and more people gets aware of the consequences...
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• United States
17 Nov 06
I know what you mean! It's still warm here too, at least warmer than usual. What really alerts me to the changes isn't just the heat, though, it's the random bouncing back and forth between heat and cold. Nothing is consistent and that's what I think is frightening. Thanks!
• Italy
11 Nov 06
hot - hot
Hi, it's a very bad problem.
• United States
11 Nov 06
Hi. Thanks!