'The only Planet known to be capable of sustaining Human Life'

The AMS Council recently adopted a new statement on Climate Change (pdf). Here are the final remarks, don't miss the last sentence:

There is unequivocal evidence that Earth’s lower atmosphere, ocean, and land surface are warming; sea level is rising; and snow cover, mountain glaciers, and Arctic sea ice are shrinking. The dominant cause of the warming since the 1950s is human activities.

This scientific finding is based on a large and persuasive body of research. The observed warming will be irreversible for many years into the future, and even larger temperature increases will occur as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the atmosphere.

Avoiding this future warming will require a large and rapid reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions. The ongoing warming will increase risks and stresses to human societies, economies, ecosystems, and wildlife through the 21st century and beyond, making it imperative that society respond to a changing climate.

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Just out of Curiosity

credit: NASA

No, this is not the future ice free Arctic. This stitched image has been taken by a little rover just three days after it survived a seven minutes terror landing on a remote planet with nearly no atmosphere, where carbon dioxide remains frozen at the poles.

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