Even with all of these different effects of global warming, (i.e., rising sea levels, a decline in health, more endangered species) it is easy to see how all of them are somewhat tied together. In fact, the problems that have arisen could be described as similar to the domino effect. For example, the hotter temperatures are contributing to the melting of the polar ice caps, which is causing the sea levels to rise, which means there is less land to live and grow crops on, which contributes to the decline in health conditions of humans and animals worldwide. However, even with all the different kinds of problems that global warming is bringing to the world, it is important to realize that they are all very important and each one of them requires lots of attention. In order to fight against them all and try to conquer the problem of global warming in general, everyone needs to work together and believe that overcoming one of the biggest threats to mankind (global warming) is something that is still within reach.
If global warming continues at the current rate, the possible results are alarming. “The international panel of scientists predicts that the global average temperature could increase by 2 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100 and that sea levels could rise by up to 2 feet.” It has also been speculated by scientists that a slight increase in the Earth’s rotation rate could result. Other possible changes include the disappearance of glaciers, extreme climatic differences (while epic floods hit some areas, intense drought will strike others), a quarter of the planet’s plants and animals being at risk of extinction, widespread water shortages, and an increase in famine and disease.
Thompson, A., Than, K. (2007, April 19). Timeline: The Frightening Future of Earth. Retrieved November 20, 2007, from http://www.livescience.com/environment/070419_earth_timeline.html
Possible websites of interest:
Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences
Environmental Law & Policy Center - Global Warming Solutions
Global Warming International Center
Natural Resources Defense Council - Issues: Global Warming
The Photographic Documentation of Climate Change
Climate Change Essay Topics
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