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    Obama's Emission Condition

    Recent studies released from NASA and the University of California, Irvine predict a potential 10-foot increase to the universal sea level due to excessive warmth in the Arctic regions. Biodiversity in these areas is at great risk, leaving the polar bear, narwhale and 21,000 other species threatened by extinction. White House reports show extreme spikes in weather around the country, with the hottest areas drier than ever before, and the wettest ones drenched. The North Atlantic right whale continues to die out from lack of food in the warming waters off the east coast of the United States. After years of debate amongst United Nations officials and thousands of silenced civilian voices, climate change is slowly creeping upon us all as an imminent threat much more dangerous than war.

    As of this last week, it seems that President Obama finally felt the heat. Sidestepping Congress, the President officially demanded a 30% decrease in power plant emissions to be fulfilled by 2030. While reducing toxins, alternative energy forms will also be installed with great haste. Obama’s actions represent the greatest move an American president, or government, has ever taken to combat global warming. It is important to note, however, that climate change is the preferred expression amongst politicians, though populations seem to react with much more zeal when the other is used.

    This EPA Act is hoped to set an example and start a trend amongst fellow industrialized nations, and it seems to be working. On Tuesday, China followed suit, announcing that they, too, would be limiting greenhouse gases: something that has never happened before. China plans to increase its independence from the coal industry and is hoped to also utilize alternative energy methods. This may help maintain the ecosystem necessary preserve species such as the giant panda, one of the most endangered species in the world.

    So it’s official: the two largest gas hogs on the planet are downgrading their CO2 emissions and making blue skies a possibility for all of our grandchildren. Scientific critics claim it still won’t be enough, but it is certainly a start.

    By Kelley Moody
    Photo provided by The Telegraph
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