Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Is Global Warming All Its Cracked Up To Be

Global Warming is the increase in the average temperature of the Earth's near surface air temperature and oceans since the mid 20th century and its projected continuation. The observed temperature increases since the mid 20th century was very likely caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases resulting from human activity. The concept of global warming is accepted by the mainstream scientific community which has agreed that the effects from global warming will be devastating to our life style and world in general. However this view is not universally accepted and is still in heated debate today. There are some who believe that the concept of global warming is completely false and has no basis or evidence supporting it. Whether they are right or not both sides have very compelling arguments as to how global warming will affect our lives and our world.
The supporters of this theory clearly express that at the rate we are going now there will be catastrophic consequences unless drastic action is taken now. They go on to say that there will be not only harmful environmental effects but equally as harmful economic effects. The environmental effects as a result of global warming are a glacier retreat, Artic shrinkage, and a world wide sea level rise. The resulting effects from these events will be devastating to the world. It will lead to changes in rainfall patterns, extreme weather events, reduction in the ozone layer, changes in agricultural yields, and ocean oxygen depletion. They also are worried about a change to ecosystems and the resulting extinctions that can occur form that change. Along with these environmental effects the economic effects will be equally devastating. They say that the economic effects will be an increase in income inequalities, negative market impacts in developing countries, and would decrease GDP by a few percent. It would affect the livestock, fisheries, forestry, energy, construction, insurance, tourism, and recreation sectors the most.
With all that said the ney sayers say that even if the global warming theory is true the effects that the supporters claim will happen are untrue and grossly misstated. They say that even if global warming happens there will be significantly more positive effects then negative ones. They say that with the climate increase there will be a dramatic boost in plant productivity. They go on to say that the increased temperature will increase the human health around the globe because it is proven that warmer temperatures are conducive to better human health. Overall they say that there will be little to no harmful effects and if any effect at all it will be positive ones.
So I leave the decision to you is global warming all its cracked up to be?


  1. Global warming will be a catastrope in the years to come. People emitting carbon dioxide gases at very high levels. Global warming is evident if you compare temperatures from previous years. The world is supposed to warm up, but not the the pace that we are going. People will soon have no place to live because their country will be submerged under water. We will have to deal with extreme climates, furthermore; some animals and plants will go extinct. North America was not meant to be a tropical paradise, so now the ecosystem will be unstable. Some people choose not to believe global warming, just like some who do not believe the Holocaust occurred.

  2. I did a report on global warming last year. There is some serious evidence that points to this thing being true and the solutions that can prevent it are so simple. Many people choose not to believe it but my personal opinion is that it is better to be safe than sorry.

  3. I believe global warming is real however, i also believe it is exaggerated. The earth is probably warming due to some natural causes that we can't control, and some that of course we can. Although we can slow it down by preventing the release of greenhouse gases, it will inevitably happen and there's nothing we can do about it. The earth will do what it likes to do, no matter who is living on it.

  4. Honestly, I think that anyone at this point in time who still believes that Global Warming is some kind of elaborate hoax just hasn't done any real research on it at all. Over 200 species of animals have gone extinct over the past ten years alone because of it.

  5. Wow really different way of looking at global warming. I do think that all the chemicals and pollution that we put into this earth have to have some kind of negative results, we do to many things that aren't natural and I think that it will eventually bite us in the butt.