Global Warming Images
From Scientific American, Managing Planet Earth
From State of the Earth
- To Have - and Have Not -- The Earth Summit at Rio de Janerio in 1992 made clear that poverty - including inequitites between the rich world and the poor world - is at the root of many environmental threats.
- A Popular Planet -- The environmental pressures of the world's growing population are magnified by urbanization, which is growing at an even faster rate.
- Holes in the Safety Net -- The Montreal Protocol has begun to cut the use of CFC's - but those already released will go on damaging the ozone layer for decades.
- Current Affairs -- Industrialized state used most of the world's commercial energy, but energy demands in developing countries are expected to triple by 2025.
- Nuclear Power -- Most states in the West are having second thoughts about nuclear power, but their atomic industries are searching out new markets in Asia and Eastern Europe.
- Oil Modern industrial economies are dependent on oil, but trails of pollution follow in its wake.
- Global Warming -- Global Warming will wreak havoc with the world's ecosystems. Even conservative predictions point to the likelihood of sea level rises, increases in storm intensity, and disruptions in food production.
- Forests and Rainforests -- As forests disappear, so does the habitat of a rich array of plants and wildlife.
- State Interest -- Third World debt has become a globally significant environmental problem.
- Energy Budgets -- There is neither social nor environmental balance in today's global energy budget.
- Hydro Power -- Hydro power is a cheap and renewable energy source, but dams often carry a high social and environmental price tag.
- Firewood -- Firewood, the primary source of energy for many people in the world, is increasingly short in supply.
- Fossil Fuel Pollution -- There is now 25 per cent more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than there was at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. It is the major cause of global warming.
- Auto Culture -- The number of cars in the world has doubled in the past 20 years.
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