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Forest Fire Facts | Care for America - Vote Green | Global Warming Strategy Stumper

Forest Fire Facts

As the summer fire season hit western states, the Forest Service announced in June that more than 2.5 million acres have burned this year, nearly twice as many as at the same time one year ago. Scientists have determined that the fire problems stem from three main causes: nearly a century of fire suppression that removed the natural role fire plays in healthy forests; an extreme multi-year drought; and decades of commercial logging that removed large, fire-resistant trees. The solution: Protect lives and communities by removing flammable brush around homes. For more information visit

Care for America - Vote Green

On June 24, the Sierra Club launched the 2002 Environmental Voter Education Campaign, a grassroots effort to hold policy-makers accountable for their environmental positions. This year's campaign will highlight the environmental voting records of senators and representatives in Oregon, Colorado, Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Georgia, New Hampshire and Maine. If you live in one of these states, visit for the environmental record of a public official near you.

Global Warming Strategy Stumper

In a strategy move that stumped environmentalists and climate-change skeptics alike, the Bush administration released a report acknowledging that climate change is largely human-induced and will have far-reaching effects, but suggested that no action be taken to curb it. Instead, the report recommends adapting to the inevitable changes, such as disruption of snow-fed water supplies, stifling heat waves and the disappearance of Rocky Mountain meadows and coastal marshes. For more on global warming, visit

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