Contributing Factors of the Next Glacial Period

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As Arnold Schwarzenegger once said, “We simply must do everything we can in our power to slow down global warming before it is too late. The science is clear. The global warming debate is over” (Schwarzenegger, par.9). Has our society really made an effort to prevent global warming from evolving into a bigger disaster than it already has or are people sitting back and letting things unfold similarly to a series of unfortunate events? Andrew C. Revkin, the author of “Global Warming Is Eroding Glacial Ice”, believes that the main cause of global warming is largely due to human activity. Revkin’s claims water glaciers are disappearing which is making an overall negative impact on global warming. He believes that melting trends are showing a negative effect on the environment and that people’s ignorance to hydroelectric power is leading to future water shortages, which in the longer run will speed up the process of global warming (344). In opposition, Philip Stott, the author of “Global Warming Is Not a Threat to Polar Ice”, begs to differ and believes that people cannot simply blame humans alone for the cause of global warming, but that both the greenhouse gases and natural changes in the environment are the leading causes of an ice age. The Ice age is approaching sooner than later! Even though people believe that global warming should be a concern, Stott argues that people are far from being affected by global warming because in reality ice sheets are getting thicker and not thinner, also that there has been a change in colder climate which is effecting the environment as a whole, and that the production of greenhouse gases are not contributing to global warming, but instead leading the world to the next glacial period (Stott 346). ... ... middle of paper ... ... happen given that our environment has resulted in its’ current stage ultimately because changes that have affected the world. In the end he wonders what ultimatum people would rather choose if they had the choice as to a warmer or colder world. I guess the real question is: what would you prefer? Works Cited Revkins, Andrew. “Global Warming Is Eroding Glacial Ice.” 75 Readings: An Anthology. 11th ed. Ed. Santi V. Busemi and Charlotte Smith. Boston: Mc Graw-Hill, 2010 340-43. Print. Stott, Philip. “Global Warming Is Not a Threat to Polar Ice.” 75 Readings: An Anthology. 11th ed. Ed. Santi V. Busemi and Charlotte Smith. Boston: Mc Graw-Hill, 2010 344-36. Print. The American Politician. “Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes.” Woopidoo! Quotations. 29 Aug. 2010. Web. 7 Apr. 2011..

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