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Increasing Global Warming Awareness

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Increasing Global Warming Awareness

Several issues concerning the environment are brought to the public's attention

every year, but none has more of a direct effect on earth and its environment than global

warming. Coincidentally it appears to be the least of the populations concern. Global

warming is the theory that our planet is getting hotter due to an increase in the

greenhouse effect brought about by the increase of carbon dioxide and other gases in the

atmosphere. Global warming is caused by the greenhouse gases and has several

consequences that could occur if this problem is left ignored by most of the world and

our nations leaders. Such consequences include our planet getting hotter, melting of

large glaciers, wildlife suffering or even the inverse effect which could trigger an ice age.

With that, we should take global warming step by step and educate people about it

because most people do not even know what it is or that there is a problem.

Our earth is protected by a large ozone (o3) layer in the atmosphere which

deflects life threatening UV rays that are given off by the sun. Without this layer we

wouldn't be able to exist as an ecosystem and all life would go extinct. "Greenhouse

gases, which have built up to unnaturally high levels in the atmosphere, trap heat. They

include carbon dioxide, which is emitted when fossil fuels are burned, and other gases

produced by human activity"(Watson 2). These gases besides trapping heat, created a

hole in our ozone layer which will continue to increase in size if the level of gases remain

too high. A hole in the ozone layer means that there is no ozone to protect us within that

given size of the hole. Whether the hole is big or small it does have an effect on earth

which we call global warming, which in turn can have several effects on the planet.

One possible effect that can be attributed to global warming is the melting of

large glaciers. This is serious because "The Earth's ice cover acts as a protective mirror,

reflecting a large share of the sun's heat back into space and keeping the planet

cool"(Mastny 1). The most dramatic reports of this come from the polar regions where

the Arctic sea ice has dropped 40% in thickness from 3.1m to 1.8m in less than 30

years(1). The massive Antarctic ice cover which contains 91% of Earth's ice is also

melting, with glaciers as large as Delaware breaking off of it, it has already lost ice that is
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