Persuasive Essay On Climate Change

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“It’s a well-kept secret, but 95 percent of the climate models we are told prove the link between human CO2 emissions and catastrophic global warming have been found, after nearly two decades of temperature stasis, to be in error,” writes Maurice Newman, chief business advisor to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (Dunn). With this bold and senseless declaration, Australia joined the community of global warming denial and thrust itself onto the international stage to become yet another participant in the dramatic environmental debate about climate change. Climate change, like no other global argument, has been an emotionally charged subject since it was first introduced at the end of the 19th century. It continues to polarize countries…show more content…
Australia, specifically, is home to some of the most unique species of animals and geographic phenomena that are found nowhere else in the world. The Great Barrier Reef is one of these magnificent natural wonders, but the fragile ecosystem of the reef is under extreme stress from a changing environment. If a healthy climate depends on the amount of various gases in the atmosphere and most gases have lengthy residual lives, our actions are essentially mixing a lethal cocktail of poison into the air and ocean on a daily basis. Scientists are just beginning to document this reaction and the tragic changes to marine life caused by excess carbon dioxide absorption in the ocean. Absorption of CO2 not only raises ocean temperature but it also changes the pH balance of ocean waters (“Ocean Acidification”) because unlike freshwater, seawater is generally alkaline. The current average pH level of the ocean near its surface at 8.1, a slight decrease from pre-industrial revolution estimates of 8.2 (Brewer and James). This decrease, although seemingly small, is particularly alarming since it was observed after a period of only 80 years and even the slightest change in the pH level of the ocean can upset the ecological balance of a marine ecosystem (Bohensky et al.). It is naïve and unrealistic to deny the effect our everyday actions are forcing on the environment. In a fatalistic and eye-opening…show more content…
Prior to 2013, Australia was governed with a much more liberal style of leadership by the Labor Party. Environmentally friendly, they recognized the dangers of a warming world. In 2012 they implemented a carbon tax on the 348 largest business polluters; charging them a little more than $22 for every ton of greenhouse gas emitted ("Australia Votes to Repeal Carbon Tax."). Unpopular and controversial from the beginning, it became a major political and social debate which the Liberal Party successfully used during elections to oust the Labor Party. The Liberal Party vowed immediate repeal of the carbon tax if elected and on July 11, 2014 they kept their promise (“Australia Votes to Repeal Carbon Tax”). It was replaced by a 2.5 billion dollar taxpayer funded ‘Direct Action Plan’ which instead pays polluters to emit less pollution and switch to cleaner energy. Carbon dioxide emission reduction is such an important global problem, it needs to be immediately addressed, but not at taxpayer expense. The new ‘Direct Action Plan’ is nothing more than a paper promise that will do nothing for both the environment or greenhouse gas reductions and has been widely criticized by the global community for not going far enough in reducing dangerous greenhouse gases (Taylor and Hoyle). Global governments, including the United States and China, question whether Australia will even be able to meet a 5% reduction of 2000 gas levels using

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