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The Life of an Antarctic Archipelago

Biological life near Antarctica is apparently flourishing, a study of biodiversity recently reported in the NY Times. Not only did scientists find greater biodiversity than they expected, they also determined that, in contrast to other regions, biodiversity had changed little in recent centuries. This finding provides a baseline for studying the changes in resident species caused by climate change. Scientists predict that with a two degree Celcius rise in Antarctic temperatures, most species of penguins living in the Orkneys would be, like the polar bears of the Artic, in danger of extinction.

 
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Buying dry land in response to sea level rise

An interesting response to sea level rise and coastal flooding caused by global climate change is discussed in this article from the New York Times. In the Maldives, a nation of over 1,000 islands in the Indian Ocean, the new president plans to start an investment fund, financed in part by earnings from tourism, that will allow the country to buy a haven for citizens should flooding from sea level rise become significant. India and Sri Lanka are two areas which have been identified as potential places of refuge.

The article makes no mention of how much money would be required to purchase any land or any of the other costs associated with moving the entire population of the nation, which in recent years has grown rapidly to over 400,000 people. Does this strategy seem like a good idea?

 
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In Mayor’s plan, the plastic bag will carry a fee

This article from the New York Times discusses a plan for New York City, proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to start charging shoppers 6 cents for every plastic bag they use while in stores. Similar proposals have been explored in other cities in the United States and have been successfully implemented in Europe. Along with reducing waste, the plan for New York could potentially generate an additional $16 million in revenue for the city. While many conservationists are applauding the plan, some city residents fear the fee, which is not a tax, will cause unnecessary aggravation and strain personal budgets even further.

 
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Coming soon…

Published on November 10, 2008 by in Admin

Coming soon, we will be adding new sections to our site, featuring easy to understand material on all aspects of global climate change.  Until then, read and discuss the latest climate change news events that will be posted here.

 
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Welcome!

Published on November 7, 2008 by in Admin

Welcome to the new ClimateYou!  

Whether you have been following us from the start or are visiting for the first time, ClimateYou provides you with the information you need to know about all aspects of global climate change. 

Our goal at ClimateYou is not only to teach you about climate change, but to so do in a fun and easy to understand manner.  At ClimateYou, you will learn about the causes, impacts, and policy of climate change, interact with others from around the world and discuss climate change related issues, and make your own climate change assessments. 

You can make a difference in the fight against global climate change, regardless of your age, where you live, and you occupation.  Now is the time to start, ClimateYou will teach you how.

 
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