Our planet is rapidly changing, and what we are witnessing is unlike anything that has occurred in human, or even geologic, history.  The heat-trapping nature of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane, both greenhouse gases, has been scientific fact for decades, and according to NASA, “There is no question that increased levels of greenhouse gases must cause the Earth to warm in response.1  Evidence shows that greenhouse gas emissions are causing the Earth to warm ten times faster than it should, and the ramifications of this are being felt, quite literally, throughout the entire biosphere.2 Oceans are warming at unprecedented rates, droughts, and wildfires of increasing severity and frequency are altering forest around the glove, and the Earth’s cryosphere—the parts of the Earth so cold that water is frozen into ice or snow—is melting at an ever-accelerating rate.  The subsea permafrost in the Artic is thawing, and we could experience a methane “burp” of previous trapped gas at any moment, causing the equivalent of several times the total amount of CO2 humans have emitted to be released into the atmosphere.  The results would be catastrophic. – Dahr Jamal, Excerpt from ‘The End of Ice’ Book