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Even as former US vice president Al Gore catalogs the devastating effects of global climate change, he provides cause for hope. Installations of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar are going up as costs go down. The investment community has taken notice, pouring money into this exciting opportunity. Yet curbing the tide requires cooperation among nations in support of Earth’s citizens. getAbstract highly recommends this elucidating talk by the author of An Inconvenient Truth.


Earth’s atmosphere is a thin layer that envelops the planet. Human industry pours 110 million tons of pollution into this fragile shell each day, which has accumulated to such a degree that the atmosphere can trap “as much extra heat energy as would be released by 400,000 Hiroshima-class atomic bombs exploding every 24 hours, 365 days a year.” Much of this excess heat energy gets trapped in the oceans. Rising average temperatures at all ocean depths cause ocean-based storms to become increasingly more powerful. Additionally, evaporation rates are increasing, creating massive downpours. For example, in...

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Former US vice president Al Gore is the chair of the Climate Reality Project, which works to solve climate change.

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