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Unformatted text preview: anthropogenic [caused by human activity] GHG increases and it is likely that there is a discernible human-induced warming averaged over each continent (except Antarctica).7 The American Association for the Advancement of Science,8 The American Geophysical Union,9 and the American Meteorological Society10 echo this conclusion. We know that accelerating environmental degradation is being driven as much by world population growth as by persistent pollution and un-replenished consumption. We also know that the crescendo of this degradation is making imperative a choice between two alternatives that will decide whether our future as a civilization will entail: y) extreme weather events, increased poverty, disease, drought, flooding, shortages of natural resources, geographic dislocations, losses of biodiversity, and economic disruptions; or z) an achievable balance between human activity and the Earth’s ability to sustain all species within its embrace . Amidst the worst economic decline since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the incoming Obama Administration promises to re-ignite the industrial fires of the U.S. economy and to some degree, world economies, with legislative mandates and incentives, combined with large infusions of capital into green research and development, national infrastructure improvements, energy efficiency programs, and...
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