The Pros And Cons Of Global Warming And Climate Change

1311 Words6 Pages
There are mainly two separate arguments for global warming and climate change. Some people believe that global warming and climate change do exist, and humans may have caused these problems. Others believe that global warming and climate change are simply natural cycles of the earth, or simply does not exist. Global warming and climate change are argued both as environmental issues caused by humans, and also largely exaggerated natural occurrences. Most people don’t understand that there is, in fact, a difference between global warming and climate change. Global warming and climate change are used interchangeably by many people, including political leaders. “Global warming” refers to higher global temperature averages that rise over a long period of time. “Climate change” refers to the results of increasing temperatures (global warming), which are changes in climate such as heat waves. The first major belief is simply that global warming and climate change do exist. The number of hurricanes, heat waves, and other extreme weather patterns are increasing, which is supposedly a cause of climate change. We’ve all heard about the recent Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, extreme droughts, etc. These extreme changes in weather, or catastrophic events are said to be causing climate change. Like I explained before, global warming causes climate change, and experts like Al Gore say that extreme weather patterns are a result of global warming, which is causing climate change. Also, according to National Geographic, “Average temperatures have climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degree Celsius) around the world since 1880, much of this in recent decades, according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.” This is basically showing ho... ... middle of paper ... ...ooling. Scientists also discovered that aerosols wouldn't cause global cooling, but instead they would cause global warming. Finally, shortly after J. Murray Mitchell's research was published, scientists discovered that his trends were not global. The global cooling idea was relevant in the Northern Hemisphere, but the Southern Hemisphere was proven to be warming, not cooling. The global cooling debate was proven unreal. Unlike the 1970's global cooling debate, global warming and climate change are still being studied and argued. Some argue that global warming and climate change could be caused by humans. Others say that global warming and climate change are just naturally occurring cycles of the earth. I think we can all agree that the earth is warming, but the question is, did humans cause this issue? And also, how much warming is enough to actually affect Earth?
Open Document