Global Warming

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, if you are in the North Pole or the South Pole; global warming is everywhere and affecting everyone. It is the unusually rapid increase in the Earth’s average temperature over the past century due to the greenhouse gases released by nature and humans. The mercury has already been raised more then 1 degree Fahrenheit and even more in more sensitive Polar Regions. The effects of the temperature rising are happening right now. With the increasing temperatures: ice is melting worldwide, sea level have risen faster over the last century, some animals and plants have moved farther north to cooler areas, and precipitation has increased across the world. If the warming continues there are other effects that could happen later this century. Sea levels are supposed to rise somewhere between 7 and 23 inches, stronger hurricane and storms, floods and droughts will become more common, and ecosystems will change. The most common greenhouse gas responsibly for global warming is carbon dioxide. In the U.S. we are responsible for 19.91% of the carbon dioxide emissions worldwide. Carbon dioxide takes 100 years to completely disappear from the atmosphere. The rise in greenhouse gases is a problem because it is changing the climate faster than some living things can be able to adapt. A more unpredictable climate poses a challenge to all life. The deaths per year are being blamed on the effects of global warming which are extreme weather, droughts, heat waves, and the increase spread of diseases. There are many things we can do to reduce global warming. We could buy products with minimal packaging, recycle everything you can, use less heat and air condition, use compact fluorescent light bulbs, drive less and smart, buy energy-efficient products, use less hot water, plant a tree and encourage others to conserve.

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/gw-effects/

http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-global-warming

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http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/GlobalWarming/

Makenzi Mantey

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One response

  1. Daniel Finegan | Reply

    I think a really great point is made when you bring up the fact that carbon dioxide takes 100 years to completely disappear from the atmosphere. This brings up some urgency when talking about curving our carbon dioxide emissions. Not only are the current emissions building up with the emissions of the past 100 years, but the current emissions will stay with the generations after we are gone. It is irresponsible for us to wait and do nothing. By then it will be too late for us to curve our emissions to stop, or even to slow down, global warming. Excellent article, and very thought provoking. – Daniel Finegan

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