The Effects Of Climate Change

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are primarily regulated by the greenhouse effect, whereby 70% of solar radiation is absorbed and radiated back by the Earth’s surface and atmosphere, keeping temperatures stable enough to support vital ecosystems. Investigations led by the International Panel on Climate Change relied on evidence dating from several millennia ago to the present to deduce that even slight changes in atmospheric concentrations can have great impacts on global weather patterns. Concentrations above normal ranges of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane caused an increase in average global temperatures from 13.7ºC to 14.5º C from the 1850s to the 2000s (IPCC 6). These pollutants are mainly produced by waste decomposition and fossil fuel consumption in agriculture and industry, and can heat the atmosphere by absorbing infrared radiation from the Sun. The change seems miniscule, yet it is imperative to note that changes of 1ºC occur naturally in cycles over thousands of years, not in such precipitate manner. Projections made by the IPCC’s 2007 Report reveal that this repentine change in temperature will provoke both a melting of the polar ice caps and ocean acidification. The introduction could have devastating results. For instance, global precipitation levels will vary more greatly, with some areas having extended periods of drought, and other regions having more intense storms that may promote vegetation growth. Alas, undeveloped regions will be incapable of adapting to the destruction of their environments. Acid rain and flooding of coastal areas will increase mortality rates throughout the 21st Century due to disease and famine (IPCC 10-17). Climate change skeptics note that there is an emotional attachment placed upon these connectio... ... middle of paper ... ...ecting humans as a possible cause of global warming will mean squandering money on solving other problems while maintaining human activity constant. This means sustaining the maldistribution and over-consumption of capital that is leaving humanity with fewer resources and more debt. Tsigaris further states that the policy of optional adaptation is counterintuitive if the consequences of climate change were to exacerbate, which could leave nations unable to adapt to their new environment with a paralyzed capitalist economy. With extending periods of drought in Southern California and melting ice caps in Greenland escalating, the clock is ticking for humankind to contrive a plan of emergency. The next upcoming years will be suspenseful as conservationists and reactionary groups debate the nature of global climate and decide the necessary course of action. Opposers to

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