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7 unlikely things global warming could take away

By: Shea Gunther on Dec. 16, 2009, 8:35 a.m.
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A different kind of life

Sure, global warming could wipe out the polar bears and the sea turtle. Maybe global warming will eat up the tundra under rural Alaskan villages or push an obscure Australian frog to extinction. A more cynical person might rationalize, thinking, "Good! The fewer polar bears there are, the less of a chance that I'll end up being eaten by one. And who gives a crap about sea turtles, Aussie frogs, or some random village near the Arctic Circle?" But consider this: what if global warming took away beer? What if it pushed wine to extinction? Now that would get the attention of the average cynic. For some, global warming won't be real until it hits home — at the bar, the beach or the dinner table.