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Look at this as a great opportunity to make a real difference

17 April 2008

If we don’t reduce our carbon dioxide emissions and clean up our act, how bad could it be? Experts are now saying that previous predictions of the impact of global warming might have been too generous. Nicholas Stern, a British economist who published a major report on climate change in 2006, said in a speech yesterday that he had “badly underestimated the degree of damages and the risks of climate change.” Keep in mind that Stern compared the economic risk of global warming to the Great Depression, yikes.

“Emissions are growing much faster than we’d thought, the absorptive capacity of the planet is less than we’d thought, the risks of greenhouse gases are potentially bigger than more cautious estimates, and the speed of climate change seems to be faster.”

It’s not all doom and gloom, however – we have a great opportunity to respond to this threat and make a real difference! If all Minnesotans reduced their energy use by JUST TWO PERCENT, we could STOP building new power plants and start converting old ones to renewable energy. Global warming is a big problem, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do something about it. Take the Minnesota Energy Challenge and pledge to reduce your use today!

:: Grist, Reuters

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