Kate1313 Essay

959 WordsJul 23, 20124 Pages
[pic]Hurricanes aren’t the only severe weather conditions that global warming stirs up—massive dust clouds like this one are becoming more frequent, and more violent, in regions like Southern Africa [pic] Here’s a huge waterfall spouting from the ice edge of Brasvell Glacier. No, glaciers in the Arctic aren’t supposed to do that. Glacial waterfalls like this one have been erupting with alarming frequency in Arctic regions--and is as good an image as any to wrap this slide show with. After all, when centuries-old chunks of ice start melting in the Arctic, it’s hard to deny we’ve got ourselves one hell of a problem. [pic]Glacier in Patagonia, Argentina 1928. Glacier in Patagonia, Argentina 2004. 76 years of climate change. Then, and now. Scary. [pic]Hurricane Season. This horrifying scene is growing all too common: we can expect more and more hurricanes as climate change advances, especially in the Atlantic. This single grainy photo (which makes it even more difficult to look at) embodies some of the most palpable terrors of global warming--it could literally be responsible for destroying our homes. Global effects: Where is the water? Water makes up 70% of the human body’s chemical composition. It is therefore a resource without which we cannot exist. This precious resource is now under serious threat from global warming. By the middle of the 21st century, water availability is projected to [temporarily] increase in higher latitudes and in certain wet tropical regions [due to melting of mountain glaciers], and decrease in drier parts of the tropics and subtropics, especially during the summer period. Ironically, the dry regions of the world will get even drier and will suffer severe droughts, especially southern Africa, Middle East, western North America and western Australia. The water quality will also be negatively affected by heavy

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