Getting Our Environmental Act Together

Global warming poses more danger to the security of the world than terrorism. From the rapid melting of snow in the Antarctic to the abnormal rise is sea levels in various parts of the world, these events can all be traced to global warming. Peter Bunyard is an environmental activist, author and internationally recognized expert on climate change. He says global warming could bring about a sea level rise of a meter or so, which could have a devastating impact on many coastal cities.

"Certainly would make hurricanes much more severe in their impact, because sea surges associated with hurricanes that could raise the sea by more than 20-feet or more coming in with devastating impact."

He says the unabated deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

"Part of the greenhouse gas emissions comes in fact, from what's called change of use of land, change of land use, and that includes deforestation, particularly in the tropics. And the amount of deforestation that's taken place over the past few decades is probably equivalent to between 20 and 30 percent of all the greenhouse gas emissions that come from fossil fuel burning."

A Time magazine report stated that global warming is annihilating wildlife in the Untied States, Australia and other parts of the globe. Bunyard calls that alarming.

"It is considered that at least one third of all mammals species could vanish before the end of this century, if we are not able to curb the impacts of climate change."

Technical fixes to the situation would help, like more efficient use of energy and improving vehicle emissions, using alternative fuels. Bunyard says we are capable of altering the course of destruction if we make the investment:

"We're moving into a very important period. Can we get our act together?—Because if we don't get out act together, then there's even a question mark about the survival of human beings, at least in their numbers of today, during the course of this century."

Bunyard's visit was made possible by the Living Planet Foundation, a local non-profit that raises awareness of the need to protect the environment.

Pat Hernandez, KUHF...Houston Public Radio News.

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