Apparently it will take decades to repair the ozone hole above Antarctica. Remember the Ozone hole? Still there. I think about it all the time in the Summer when I am out in the sun.
From the same website, you'll find this information:
# Over the past 100 years global mean temperature has increased by 0.6 degrees Celsius and in Europe by about 1.2 degrees Celsius
# The 1990s was the warmest decade over the past 150 years (EU environ site)
# Temperatures are projected to increase further by 1.4 to 5.8 C by 2100
# The UK, with one per cent of the world's population, produces 2.3% of the world's C02
Statistics 1 and 2: (Source: EU Environment Agency); Statistic 3: (Source: Friends of the Earth, 2003)
"Global warming, caused by burning fossil fuels, is the worst environmental problem we face today."
# Greenpeace, 2003
"In my view, climate change is the most severe problem we are facing today, more serious even than the threat of terrorism."
# David King, UK Government's Chief Scientist, 2003
"The parties should protect the climate for the benefit of present and future generations of humankind, on the basis of equity, and in accordance with their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities."
# Article 3, UN convention on Climate Change, 1992 End of item
And what does our govt. have to say?
Even when they're caught red-handed fixing the scientific reports, the Bush admin stays on message. This time, at least they got caught.
And now....post your favorite anxiety producing stories. Let's see if we can drive up the anxiety index along with the temperature.