Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

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Anote Tong, President of the Republic of Kiribati, pleaded to the UN, “While the international community continues to point fingers at each other regarding responsibility for and leadership on the issue, our people continue to experience the impact of climate change and sea level rise.” There is too much talking and thinking going on, but not enough doing. The problem is that we think there is plenty of time to come up with the solution, but the destructive process has been underway for decades. Just because the problem is not visible to the eye every time we walk out the door does not mean that we can ignore it. Even though it is so difficult for our brains to comprehend the magnitude of the effects of climate change, they are all around us. Hurricane Sandy, increasing produce prices, low-lying islands that have been wiped off the map. Impacts of global warming are all around us and they are projected to increase exponentially if we do not put a halt to the problem.The International Panel on Climate Change determined that there is a 97% chance that climate change is anthropogenic: meaning it is induced by humans. For this argument's sake we are going to assume that global warming is not a myth, it is brought about by humans, and therefore can be turned around by humans. So should we, as individual citizens as well as politicians, be doing more to stop the biggest problem of our time? Is there enough evidence to fundamentally alter our way of life to conserve the future of our home? Absolutely. Policy makers and citizens must take action to steadily decrease carbon emissions because of the catastrophic events and ruthless feedback loops that contribute to climate change and will devastate this generation and many more to come. ... ... middle of paper ... ... decision to protect it, but the only decision. Works Cited “Anote Tong: Quote On Climate Change.” Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 13 May 2014. “Climate Change.” Issues and Controversies. Facts On File New Services, 17 Sept. 2012. Web. 14 May 2014. "Future Climate Change." EPA. Environmental Protection Agency. Web. 17 May 2014. "Global Warming Impacts | UCSUSA." Union of Concerned Scientists. 5 Sept. 2013. Web. 12 May 2014. Johansen, Bruce E. “Albedo.” Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 13 May 2014. Johansen, Bruce. “Texas Wildfires, Drought, and Global Warming: Background.” Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 13 May 2014. Nordhaus, William D. "Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong." The New York Review Of Books. 22 Mar. 2012. Web. 19 May 2014.
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