Global Warming Essay

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JoAnn Thelin AIU Global Warming: Fact or Fiction Starting with the facts, the earth is showing many signs of worldwide climate changes. According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, temperatures have climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1800’s and most of the increase was in recent decades. The Arctic is feeling the effects the most. The average temperature in Alaska, Western Canada and Eastern Russia have risen at twice the global average (National Geographic 2007), it is being said that the Arctic may have its first ice free summer by 2040. Glaciers are rapidly melting, in Montana there were 150 glaciers in 1910, now there are 27. Industrialization and pollution are increasing the earth’s concentration of water vapor. Carbon Dioxide, Methane and Nitrous Oxide are creating a “Greenhouse” effect that is trapping heat near the earth’s surface. We are putting Carbon Dioxide in the air faster than the plants and oceans can absorb it. If we do not do something about it, sea levels could rise 7-23 inches by the end of the century causing the South Sea Islands to flood and turn Southeast Asia into swampland. There would also be a growth of deserts causing food and water shortages in other parts of the world. The fictitious standpoint is this is all a hoax to take worried American minds off the war, unemployment and the national debt. Our President speaks of “green” jobs, which are so few it would not stimulate the economy and are based on junk science. Humans are not causing this so called problem, “the truth is that CO2 is a beneficial trace Gas that exists in such small quantities in our atmosphere, that the idea of it playing any significant role in determining our climate is simply silly” (American

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