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1.26.2008

Global Warming Solutions for America

The 2% Solution Webcast is coming to Tallahassee!


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30TH
Beginning at 7:00 pm
the interactive broadcast will stream live exactly at 8:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
2810 North Meridian Road
Room "L"
Tallahassee
information: 850.385.5115

join us for slow food snacks and discussion at 7. Everyone is invited to this event, no charge. Glimpse our solar panels when you come!

Focus the Nation is hosting this event. Join Stanford University climate scientist, Stephen Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter Lovins and green jobs pioneer Van Jones (you remember Van Jones from the broadcast: The presentation Al Gore Would Do if He Were Black) and youth climate leaders, for a discussion of global warming solutions.

Audiences can weigh in with cell phone voting.

Also, on January 31st. 1500 school and college campuses will participate in the largest teach-in in US history, educating students to become leaders in the challenge of global warming.

US Senator Bill Nelson, Tallahassee Mayor John Marks and the IFAS (University of Florida) Wakulla County Extension Office in Crawfordville
have endorsed this effort.

Global Warming Background:

According to the Sierra Club, burning fossil fuels such as coal releases carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution, making energy use the single largest source of greenhouse gases in the U.S. and the world.

Currently there is 30% more CO2 in the atmosphere than there was at the start of the Industrial Revolution, and we are well on the way to doubling CO2 levels in the atmosphere during this century. Although the US has only four percent of the world's population it emits about 25% of global warming pollution.

Power plants emit 40% of total U.S. carbon dioxide pollution, the primary global warming pollutant. Although coal-fired power plants account for just over half of the electricity produced in the U.S. each year, they have been responsible for over 83% of the CO2 pollution since 1990. Coal-fired power plants have the highest output rate of CO2 per unit of electricity among all fossil fuels.

The atmospheric concentrations of CO2 and other greenhouse gases reached a new high in the 1990s, the hottest decade on record. Average global temperatures have risen already by one degree Fahrenheit, and projections indicate an increase of two to ten degrees within this century.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has reported that global warming threatens human populations and the world's ecosystems with worsening heat waves, floods, drought, extreme weather, and by spreading infectious diseases. Unfortunately, global warming problems continue to grow as more greenhouse gases are spewed into our atmosphere.






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