The youngest generation not only will be affected the most from the consequences of climate change, we already have been affected the most.
If we continue business as usual and do nothing to reduce our emissions, the predictions are scary. BUT, if we seriously reduce emissions now, we have a chance to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
The average global temperatures could be about 9 degrees higher in 2100 than in 2000. That’s equivalent to the difference in climate between New York and Mississippi! [2} The last ten years, 2000 to 2010, were the hottest ever recorded and the months of 2010 were the hottest 12 months in a row of any in history.
For more information check out these references:
- From National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) “State of the Climate” report, which drew on the findings more than 300 climate scientists in 48 countries who measured 10 separate planet-wide features, including air and sea temperatures, humidity, Arctic sea ice, glaciers, and spring snow cover in the Northern hemisphere. http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/bams-state-of-the-climate/
-  Paul Krugman, “Building a Green Economy,” The New York Times. April 7, 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/11/magazine/11Economy-t.html
- (4) http://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/f101.asp
-  http://www.aarpmagazine.org/lifestyle/global_meltdown.html
- (6) Cornelia Dean, “Rising Acidity is Threatening Food Webs of Oceans, Climate Panel Says.” Jan 30, 2009. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/31/science/earth/31ocean.html?_r=2&ref=world
- http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/08/0804_050804_hurricanewarming.html Jason Gale and Bill Varner, “Global Warming Increase Malaria, Dengue Fever, UN Says.” Nov 27, 2007. Bloomberg. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aMKZ0M6en19o&refer=japan