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Peace must begin with a paradigm change. Me vs. Everyone. With regards to the Earth, we are locked in a battle between saving mankind…and saving a lifestyle. In order to save the planet, we all must compromise. Use less. Recycle more. Live green. But, as with most things, people desire their own personal comfort vs. a balance with nature. The tragedy of the commons.

 

People make choices everyday based on greater pain. For some, it is more painful to pass up the Twinkie than to ask for a seatbelt extension on the plane? WE make pain decisions regularly. Is it more painful to walk instead of drive? More painful to line dry your clothes or use the dryer? More painful to give up your comforts or watch the Earth become Venus?

WE cannot have it both ways. You cannot kill and let live. The Earth will either perish, or we can do our part. Save a lifestyle of abuse, neglect, pollution, strip mining, deforestation, desertification, rising greenhouse gases, and environmental carelessness or…love the Earth, the animals, and each other? The choice is becoming more and more clear. Change or perish?

“There’s no place on Earth that’s changing faster – and no place where that change matters more – than Greenland. Late last month, NASA reported that ice all across the vast glacial interior of the world’s largest island was melting – a “freak event” that hadn’t occurred for at least 150 years. The alarming discovery briefly focused the media’s attention on a place that rarely makes headlines. RAPID ICE MELT BAFFLES SCIENTISTS, The Wall Street Journal declared.

In fact, scientists weren’t baffled at all – a paper published just weeks before had predicted that an abrupt, islandwide melt was imminent. The rapid loss of ice is only the latest in a chain of events that have upended conventional understanding of how the Earth’s “cryosphere” – its frozen places – behave. Taken together, the events offer new insight into how fast the world’s seas are likely to rise as a result of global warming – and hence, the fate of major cities like New York and Miami and Mumbai.” – By Bill McKibben in Rolling Stone on August 16, 2012 10:10 AM ET

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“On Wednesday, scientists announced that melting over the Greenland ice sheet has already “shattered the seasonal record” set in 2010, with four weeks left before the end of the melting season. Scientists say this record melting is driven by rising Arctic temperatures and could have serious consequences for the environment and coastal communities. But the major media outlets are once again failing to report on clear evidence that our climate is changing.

Professor Marco Tedesco, whose research was sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation, examined satellite data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center and found that Greenland has “experienced extreme melting in nearly every region” this year. He concluded: “With more yet to come in August, this year’s overall melting will fall way above the old records. That’s a goliath year – the greatest melt since satellite recording began in 1979.”

Despite the implications of Tedesco’s new findings for our changing climate and our communities, not one of the major broadcast (ABC, CBS, NBC), cable (CNN, Fox News, MSNBC) or print (Associated Press, New York TimesWashington PostUSA TodayLos Angeles TimesWall Street Journal) outlets have covered the report.*” – AUGUST 17, 2012 4:44 PM EDT ››› JILL FITZSIMMONS for Media Matters

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