The Detrimental Effects of Global Warming

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The Detrimental Effects of Global Warming The morning sun begins to shed its light on the city below. Turning off the alarm, James removes his Dexcron SleepInhaler 4000 to breathe in what little oxygen he can. Feeling light-headed, he quickly dresses into the day’s apparel consisting of a climate controlled, blue bio-suit and an oxygen tank. Today marks the first day of the month so he turns his calendar as he walks towards the door. He closes the door wondering what caused the world to be this way. All he can remember is that the temperature has been rising since he was born and the hottest day on record, 122 degrees in Cleveland, was recorded last week. Exposing himself to the outdoor elements, he waits for the public shuttle in the sweltering early morning heat of September 1, 2036. The issue of global warming is a very complex one. While it revolves around pollution and other factors, the basic principle stems from the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is a natural process resulting from various atmospheric components like water vapor and carbon dioxide trapping the Sun’s energy in the lower atmosphere (Gille). This trapped energy causes the Earth’s temperature to rise. Without this process, the global temperature would be a frigid 10 degrees below zero (Salmon). Some scientists believe that human industrialization is increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causing the global temperature to rise. The resulting theory is global warming. Yes, the possible results of global warming should be a concern of the global community and burning fossil fuels cannot be beneficial, but nature is to blame, not human negligence. People who believe in the theory of global warming have justi... ... middle of paper ... ...ohn C. “Greenhouse Effect.” World Book. 1994. “Global Warming ‘Consensus’ Claim Doesn’t Hold Water.” National Center for Public Policy Research. 8 Feb. 1998. 4 Dec. 2002 <http://www.nationalcenter.org/ TP38.html>. Gore, Al. “Immediate Measures Should Be Taken to Combat Global Warming.” Bender, David, Ed. Global Warming: Opposing Viewpoints. New York: Greenhaven, 1997. Jastrow, Robert. “The Magnitude of Global Warming Will Not Be Extreme.” Bender, David, Ed. Global Warming: Opposing Viewpoints. New York: Greenhaven, 1997. “New Science on Global Warming.” Natural Resources Defense Council. 27 Sep. 2002. 5 Dec. 2002 <http://www.nrdc.org/globalWarming/fgwscience.asp>. Salmon, Jeffrey. “Global Warming Does Not Pose A Serious Threat.” Bender, David, Ed. Global Warming: Opposing Viewpoints. New York: Greenhaven, 1997.

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