Vulpes wrote:-17 that global warmings a bitch aint it.
the term 'global warming' is a bit decieving.. because only the parts closer to the equator get much warmer.. the areas close to the poles actually get much colder. They choose the term 'warming' because overall the average temperature of the world is theoretically meant to go up by a couple of degrees..
but the biggest and most problematic change isn't the global warming average temperature bit.. it's the fact that the extreme temperatures become much more common and also grow further apart.
And.. as far as Julia Gillard is concerned, Australia should be fairly worried, because in the worst case scenario, most of the world outside of the tropics will freeze up and remain in subzero temperatures throughout the year, and so most of Australia becomes unhospital.. unless of course you enjoy living in Antarctica or Alaska..
if you've ever admired the aquatic life off the coast of SA, then consider that all of these species will either die off or move far up north, because the current that carries warm water from northern Australia down to the south will no longer exist. The southern coast will become cold and you will get cold water fish and the like instead of the colourful variety that flourishes there now.
Mind you, however, the major debate is not whether global warming is happening or not - it's already here. The debate is more about whether we are causing it or if it's just a natural part of the Earth's changing climate - e.g. this century the world's average temperature is around the 12-13 degrees celcius mark. During the cretaceous period, it was more than double that, and before that it was even higher.. So, is this climb in temparature a natural phenomena or caused by our excessive consumption and polution? That's the debate..