Global warming may very well be one of the most important issues you will have to make a decision on in your lifetime. The decisions you make on energy sources and daily conservation practices will determine not only the quality of your life, but also those of your future descendants.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to gain a good understanding of global warming: what it is, why it is happening, how it can be slowed down, why everybody is contributing to the problem, and why everybody needs to be an active part of the solution.

I would sincerely like to thank several of the federal government agencies that research, educate, and actively take part in dealing with the global warming issue—in particular, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for providing an abundance of resources and outreach programs on this important subject. I would also like to acknowledge the monumental efforts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the unfailing efforts of more than 2,500 scientists worldwide dedicated for the past 20 years toward educating the public about the risks of climate change caused by human activity, as well as Dr. James E. Hansen at NASA's GISS, who has been involved in cutting-edge research for the past two decades and spent countless hours educating government leaders and academic institutions. I give special thanks to Al Gore and Arnold Schwarzenegger for their diligent efforts toward bringing the global warming issue so powerfully to the public's attention. I would also like to acknowledge and give thanks to the many wonderful universities across the United States, in England, Canada, and Australia, as well as private organizations, such as the World Wildlife Fund, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Union of Concerned Scientists, which diligently strive to educate others and help toward finding a solution to this very real problem.

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