Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Extra Bits: Report on Climate Change Impacts

Yesterday the multi-agency U.S. Global Change Research Program released a report, “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States”. Nebraskans might be especially interested in the part of the report about predicted impacts on the Great Plains.

Major news outlets covered the story, but few featured it. It’s puzzling that we don’t pay more attention to this situation, which will impact everything else – human economy and activities as well as the ecology of other animals and plants -- as it unfolds. The report emphasizes the importance of acting now to minimize the impact of climate change. Here are links to a few of the media reports: The Associated Press, ,The Seattle Times , U.S. News & World Report, and CNN.

The good news about the report is that it gives us a clearer picture of what we need to do to be good stewards of creation. More information helps us to focus our efforts, and also to see the importance and urgent nature of this work. Thanks be to God for the scientists who are studying climate change, and for giving us humans the intellectual tools to figure out how to proceed from here!