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The Climate Killer: Climate Change: The Global Killer

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Climate Change: The Global Killer “For nearly 30 years, India and Bangladesh have argued over control of a tiny rock island in the Bay of Bengal. Now rising sea levels have resolved the dispute for them: the island's gone”, writes the Toronto Star (Nirmala). Rising sea levels are just one symptom of Climate Change. Climate Change can also be held responsible for the decline in coral reefs and the increase of super storms, such as Sandy, Katrina, and Haiyan. Climate Change is occurring in our lifetime and with increasing severity. The consequences will be devastating if no action is taken to mitigate its’ effects. The words “weather” and “climate” are not interchangeable. Weather is defined as the day-to-day atmospheric conditions, whereas climate is defined as the cumulative sum of the weather over time. For example, in 2012, “More than 650 people died during Europe’s worst cold snap in 25 years”; however, “each of the last three decades has been successively warmer than any decade since 1850”, according to the IPCC (Intercontinental Panel for Climate Change) (Lyons). The Greenhouse Effect is a naturally occurring phenomenon, and is essential to developing a suitable environment for sustaining life. Carbon dioxide (CO2) gasses are naturally found in the Earth’s atmosphere, and the presence of these gasses help keep the planet warm. Carbon Dioxide traps infrared radiation from the sun and acts as natural insulation for the planet. However, when excess levels of CO2 and methane are released from fossil fuels, the resulting effect is intensified, which leads to an unstable climate. Once greenhouse gases are released, these gasses will remain in the atmosphere until they are either absorbed by plants, animals or dissolved into th... ... middle of paper ... ... Nesbit, Jeff. "Haiyan, Sandy and Climate Change." At the Edge. Usnews.com, 18 Nov. 2013. Web. 14 July 2014. New England Aquarium. "Endangered Species and Habitats." The Basics: A Brief Introduction to Climate Change. New England Aquarium, 2014. Web. 14 July 2014. Nirmala George ASSOCIATED, PRESS. "Tiny island disappears under rising ocean levels." Toronto Star (Canada) n.d.: Newspaper Source. Web. 14 July 2014. University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. "How Much Has the Global Temperature Risen in the Last 100 Years? | UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research." How Much Has the Global Temperature Risen in the Last 100 Years? | UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, 2014. Web. 14 July 2014. Westport: Earth Action Network, Inc, 2009. ProQuest. Web. 14 July 2014.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that rising sea levels are just one symptom of climate change and can be held responsible for the decline in coral reefs and the increase of super storms.
  • Explains that weather is defined as the day-to-day atmospheric conditions, while climate is the cumulative sum of the weather over time. the greenhouse effect is a naturally occurring phenomenon.
  • Explains that the 21st century climate crisis has been caused by ninety companies, which produced nearly two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions since the dawn of the industrial age. since 1963, the rate at which carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are released has increased every decade.
  • Explains that the 1.53 degree rise in temperature is a severe ecological, social, and economic disaster. coral reefs are another casualty.
  • Explains how mark lynas, author of 6 degrees: our future on a hotter planet, has outlined what the earth's future could look like in one degree increments based on scientific reports.
  • Explains that a two-degree escalation will increase ocean acidity due to the absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
  • Predicts that the average global surface temperatures will increase by an additional 2 to 8.6 degrees by 2100.
  • Analyzes how neil tyson degrasse, of cosmos, describes venus as having lost its oceans and sustaining temperatures high enough to melt lead.
  • Explains that the effects of carbon release from fossil fuels will continue to fuel the severity of climate change. solar roadways claims to produce an energy surplus triple the current energy need of the us.
  • Analyzes how asphault covers 31,251 square miles of the contiguous 48 states, which is equivalent to an area nearly the size of ohio.
  • Explains that if no action is taken to reduce fossil fuel emissions, earth and the life it supports, will continue towards an extinction level cataclysm. solar roadways presents a practical solution to this problem.
  • Analyzes brusaw, scott, and julie's "solar roadways : a real solution."
  • Analyzes cooney, daniel, "one-quarter of world's coral reefs destroyed." abc news.
  • Explains that cosmos: a spacetime odyssey. dir. carl sagan. perf. neil degrasse tyson.
  • States goldenberg, suzanne, "just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions." the guardian.
  • Explains lynas, mark, six degrees: our future on a hotter planet, washington, d.c.
  • Explains lyons, christina l., "climate change." cq researcher, 27 june 2014.
  • Explains that nesbit, jeff, "haiyan, sandy and climate change." at the edge, usnews.com, 18 nov. 2013.
  • Explains new england aquarium's "endangered species and habitats." the basics: a brief introduction to climate change.
  • Analyzes how tiny island disappears under rising ocean levels.
  • Explains how the global temperature risen in the last 100 years. university corporation for atmospheric research.
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