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And how we are altering it, big time.

I am an engineer and scientist with 3 degrees from MIT. I have been in a panic for 10 years because I don't believe most people understand how serious this is. The Earth is our only place to live. We have damaged the Earth terribly and now we are, for all intents and purposes killing it.

It is like a car parked in the sun. The glass traps the heat that comes from the cushions and carpets that are warmed by the sun.

Except that the glass is replaced by carbon dioxide gas in the smoke from burning oil, coal and natural gas. The carbon dioxide (CO2) is essential, although there is only a small amount, to trap enough heat to make the earth livable.

But we have almost doubled the CO2 and have destroyed that balance. Watch the slide show above and you will find what has been happening. The major things:

1. In some places the extra heat dries out vegetation and we get all time record wildfires. California is a terrifing example. Also the droughts that exacerbate the wildfires also affect drinking water supplies. You will also see those in the slide show.

2. The heat warms the ocean which makes the air more humid and makes storms stronger, bigger and makes them drop huge (like over four FEET) amounts of rain. You will see many examples in the slide show.

3. The heat makes the ocean level rise, eventually by many feet, by heating it (heat causes expansion) and melting ice and snow at the poles. Some of our cities near the coast already get regular flooding. The way we are going, they will be underwater during the lives of our grand kids.

4. In warmer parts of the world it gets so hot people have to go into rivers to cool off. Otherwise they die. And tens of thousands have already died.

5. There are many other problems but the worst is that the heat melts what is known as the "tundra," millions of square miles of frozen decayed plant life mostly in northern Russia. The plants rotting and now melting give off METHANE, a gas 30 times worse than carbon dioxide. So global warming amplifies itself. And there is methane in the oceans too and the warming will release it.
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Look at this graph I made. It is simple. It just takes what has happened and extends it. And you can see it grow.

We are now at the place where that growth is about to take off, and to put it in plain English, there will be hell to pay.

The United Nations IPCC keeps making predictions. But without the United States behind it, we can't stop it.

This is not new. It was predicted in 1824 by a French scientist named Joseph Fourier (all engineers know who he is).

The oil companies were lectured about it in 1959 by Edward Teller who invented the H-Bomb.

Congress got a complete lecture in 1988 from James Hansen, the head of climate science at NASA at that time. But what it did amounted to zero. Hansen's latest words were: "the shit has hit the fan." Or we have probably dragged this out too long.

So what does our president do, he wants to pay coal companies, the worst possible fuel, to mine more of it. I guess the closest I could describe my feeling is despair. I want to scream and cry at the same time. How could anyone, let alone the president, be so totally out of it. He could easily go down in history (if there is any) as the man who destroyed the Earth.

What can you do? Put voting for candidates that get it on climate change at the top of your list. Then write them, call them, and anyone else in power, and tell them that you are "very afraid."
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