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A New Ice Age: is it Possible

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The “Go Green” lifestyle trend has emerged as a new way for humans to prevent a possible catastrophic environmental event that, some if not all, people believe will occur because of Global Warming. The people that have chosen to change their habits of recycling garbage, buying fuel efficient cars instead of 70's style gas guzzlers or live in a Eco-friendly house have spent some of their time researching what lies ahead for the human race if Global warming is not addressed. The scientific community has predicted many different environmental impact scenarios based on Global Warming, such as runaway heat waves and coastal flooding, but the one scenario that is most likely to come to pass for our planet is a new ice age. The addition of fresh water to the Atlantic Ocean caused by melting ice caps will change the current dynamics that are responsible for northern latitudes moderate climate and the added solar energy absorption in the atmosphere by greenhouse gasses will create convection currents and cool the Earth’s climate, pushing it into the next ice age.
The theory that Earth is headed for a new ice age has been a topic of discussion in the scientific community, but was not discussed by the public until the release of the movie The Day After Tomorrow, and since its release in 2006, it has been viewed by more than 30 million adults. The movie has some base of scientific facts with a dash of creative liberty added by the screenwriters. The National Science Foundation funded a study, performed by Anthony Leiserowitz of Decision Research, to explore the movies impact on public opinion in regards to climate change. The study conducted two nationwide surveys, one a week before, and one four weeks after the movie’s release. The resul...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the "go green" lifestyle trend has emerged as a new way for humans to prevent catastrophic environmental event that, some if not all, people believe will occur because of global warming.
  • Explains that the theory that earth is headed for a new ice age was not discussed by the public until the release of the movie the day after tomorrow.
  • Explains that the polar ice caps must increase in size over time in order for the planet to have another ice age. the warmer the air, the more evaporation takes place and the larger the glaciers.
  • Explains that burning fossil fuels has increased levels of greenhouse gasses and they are warming the atmosphere, so what effect will this have?
  • Explains that the atlantic meridional overturning circulation (amoc) is responsible for the temperate weather seen in the northern hemisphere.
  • Explains that global warming is setting up the proper glacial cycle conditions that will lead our planet towards a new ice age.
  • Explains that climate change 2001: the scientific basis : contribution of working group i to the third assessment report of the intergovernmental panel on climate change.
  • Explains palastanga, van der schrier, weber, kleinen, briffa and osborn. atmosphere and ocean dynamics contribute to the european little ice age?
  • Cites schiermeier, q. (2004, september 2). disaster movie highlights transatlantic divide.
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