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What is global warming?

Global warming is when the earth heats up (the temperature rises). This hurts many people, animals, and plants.  Many cannot take the change, so they die.

Global warming is affecting many parts of the world.  Global warming makes the sea rise, and when the sea rises, the water covers many low land islands.  This is a big problem for many of the plants,animals, and people on islands.  The water covers the plants and causes some of them to die.  When they die, the animals lose a source of food, along with their habitat. 

Although animals have a better ability to adapt to what happens than plants do, they may die also.  When the plants and animals die, people lose two sources of food, plant food and animal food.  They may also lose their homes.  As a result, they would also have to leave the area or die.  This would be called a break in the food chain, or a chain reaction, one thing happening that leads to another and so on.


The warnings about global warming have been extremely clear for a long time. We are facing a global climate crisis. It is deepening. We are entering a period of consequences. 

~ Al Gore


HELP!

You can help stop global warming! Although adults do many things to help stop global warming, you can do just as much.  Kids can’t do hard things like making a law, but we can do easier things like not watching as much TV.  You can listen to your parents when they say, turn off your lights or go play outside.  Listening to them and actually trying to help can help you, your environment, and the world.


Let's talk about hunger

Hunger in the United States

35.5 million people (including 12.6 million children) experience hunger or the risk of hunger.

  • This is roughly 10.9 percent of the 301 million people in the U.S. (July 2007 estimate)
  • 4.0 percent of U.S. households (11.1 million people, including 0.43 million children) experience hunger. Some families skip meals, eat too little, or go a whole day without food.
    • 1 out of every 8 households in the United States has reduced the quality of its diet to utilize money elsewhere (rent, clothing, day care).
  • 6.9 percent of U.S. households (24.4 million people, including 12.2 million children) are at risk of hunger.
  • In 2007, an average of 26.5 million people participated in the Food Stamp Program each month (8.8 percent of the U.S. population).
  • In 2006, requests for emergency food assistance increased 7 percent. Of those requesting emergency food assistance, 48 percent were members of families with children, and 37 percent of adults requesting assistance were employed.
  • America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest network of food banks, reported that an estimated 24 to 27 million people turned to its agencies in 2006.


FACT! Marijuana is addictive. More teens are in treatment with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependence than for all other illicit drugs combined.

A letter from Konish

He writes: 

Nowadays as you know, there is a lot of pollution in the atmosphere. The level of carbon dioxide and other such gases (known as greenhouse gases) is rising. These gases trap the heat and do not let it escape from the atmosphere. When the presence of these gases goes beyond a level, the temperature rises. This happened to planet Venus and today, it has deadly clouds of carbon dioxide. Its atmosphere is blazing hot.

This can happen to Earth and if it does, the heat will melt the polar ice caps, causing flooding around the world. Already the temperature is rising by 1 degree C every year. Unless we do something, the Earth is doomed.


Konish Biswas, student


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  • In the U.S., 12.6 million children are hungry or at risk of becoming hungry.
  • In the developing world, 20 million low-birth-weight babies are born each year. They are at risk of dying in infancy or suffering lifelong physical or cognitive disabilities.
  • 3/4 of all deaths in children under age 5 in the developing world are caused by malnutrition or related diseases.
  • Each day in the developing world, 16,000 children die from hunger or preventable diseases such as diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, or malaria. Malnutrition is associated with over half of those deaths. That is equal to 1 child every 5.4 seconds.
  • Hungry children are more likely to be ill and absent from school.
  • Hungry children suffer from 2 to 4 times more individual health problems--such as unwanted weight loss, fatigue, headaches, irritability, inability to concentrate, and frequent colds--as low-income children whose families do not experience food shortages.

Important Facts: 

The Big Picture: When 1 + 1 is more than 2.

Poverty, conflict, HIV and AIDS are not the only factors that undermine your childhood and affect your chances of survival, but they are some of the most significant. These threats can affect you, your friends or any kid all the way into adulthood. They increase the chances of the next generation of children being affected by the same threats. When two or even all three factors happen together, the impact on children’s lives is devastating.


Children caught in conflict

Children do not start wars, but they are the most vulnerable to their deadly effects. Armed conflict kills and hurts children, disrupts their education, denies them access to much needed health services, and increases poverty, malnutrition and disease.

Conflict can also separate children from their parents, or force them to leave their homes.  During conflict, children can be forced to witness horrible violence against family members, friends, and neighbors.  Children can also be forced into participating in conflict that they are trying to avoid.  


 
 

 


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