Monday, October 20, 2014

Smithsonian Institute's Statement on Climate Change

The Smithsonian Institute finally posted at statement on climate change, and it’s what everyone has known for the last decade. I find it interesting only because it supports a premise in my current work-in-progress. The article I read reads as follows:

With special emphasis on the Smithsonian’s 160-year history and tradition of collection, research and global monitoring, the statement delivers a bold assessment: "Scientific evidence has demonstrated that the global climate is warming as a result of increasing levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases generated by human activities."
"The 500 Smithsonian scientists working around the world see the impact of a warming planet each day in the course of their diverse studies," reads the statement. "A sample of our investigations includes anthropologists learning from the Yupik people of Alaska, who see warming as a threat to their 4,000-year-old culture; marine biologists tracking the impacts of climate change on delicate corals in tropical waters; and coastal ecologists investigating the many ways climate change is affecting the Chesapeake Bay."
“What we realized at the Smithsonian is that many people think that climate change is just an environmental topic,” says John Kress, acting undersecretary of science at the Smithsonian. “It’s much more than that. Climate change will affect everything.”
This kind of article makes me very happy I’m writing about this current topic. I only hope I can do it justice in the telling, without sounding too much like a dooms-day evangelist. 

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