Global Warming is definitely getting the attention of the masses, but is that happening at the expense of other environmental issues?
On the one hand, anything that makes people more environmentally aware, and modifies excessive consumption could have positive spin-offs for other environmental issues. Perhaps GW is bringing previously unaware people to a slight degree of awareness.
On the other hand, global warming is getting a huge % of the environmental press, time at environmental conferences and slice of the eco-dollar pie. So much that other issues just don't get any attention. Try raise concerns about the loss of habitat for a native mudfish when everyone else is bellowing about global warming.
Organisations like GreenPeace are diluting their efforts in other areas by getting involved in Global Warming, but on the flip side they are now getting a positive image and donations from people that would have previously discounted them as "tree huggers".
Often times, global warming issues can be in direct conflict with other environmental issues. For example, building a new hydro power lake might reduce green house gases but has impact on the ecosystem being flooded.
So is Global Warming positive, negative or neutral for other environmental issues?