Free Answers (With Strings Attached) Did we bring it upon ourselves?

As a class we recently watched The Great Global Warming Swindle, and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.  Global Warming, was this man made? Did we bring this upon ourselves? Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore and 97 percent scientists agree that the Earth is heating up, and that global warming is due to the increase in carbon dioxide. The burning of coal and petroleum mostly causes global warming they say  With a lot of skeptics about global warming the National Geographic decided to take it under their arms to clear the air about this matter. National Geographic called upon Eric Steig, an earth scientist.  Eric Steig watched a preview screening of The Great Global Warming Swindle, and he says

“That the documentary handles the science well.” Eric says “I was looking for errors, and that nothing much struck me as overblown or wrong.”

There was an experiment conducted that shows that in the last 30 years hurricanes and typhoons have become more powerful. The experiment also shows that this powerfulness or rising of power in hurricanes has a connection with the rising in the ocean surface temperature. (Ocean heat is like that last puzzle piece towards the hurricanes formations.)

National Geographic says that Global Warming is happening. National Geographic say that the temperature has risen 1.4 degrees since 1880. That may seem like a long time ago, but the rising temperature has started to happen in the last few decades. The rising in the temperature has been proven by the last 2 decades that have been the hottest in 400 years. National Geographicalso say that it may have been the warmest for the last few millenniums. Studies show that possibly by 2040 we may have an ice free summer. An example of the ice melting rapidly is the Montana’s Glacier National park. Today it only has 27 glaciers, and in 1910 it had 150. That is only 102 years apart. Some expert scientists say that global warming causes wildfires, heat waves and strong tropical storms.

Humans are really just throwing their carbon dioxide out of the window and into the air or atmosphere. We constantly continue to pour our contents of Co2 into the atmosphere, and we are doing it faster than the plants and oceans can absorb. National Geographic says, “These gases persist in the atmosphere for years, meaning that even if such emissions were eliminated today, it would not immediately stop global warming.”  What could Global Warming lead to? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or the IPCC said in April of 2007 that global warming could lead to large-scale food and water shortages and possible catastrophic effects on wildlife.  Sea levels would rise and there would be stronger natural disasters.

Could the humans on earth have dug themselves into a hole so deep there is no possible way out?


5 responses to “Free Answers (With Strings Attached) Did we bring it upon ourselves?”

  1. maryt0017 says :

    The dangers you pointed out in your post definitely got me thinking, and the fact that many horrible disasters could happen because of the heat scares me. The last line makes me hope that we will be able to dig ourselves out of this hole. If we can, we need to start now before it can get worse.

  2. carolinem0017 says :

    The fact that there have been more powerful hurricanes and tornadoes in the last 30 years really scares me. I can definitely see truth in that. We have had huge storms evening the last 10 years such as Hurricane Katrina. However how do we know that the ocean is rising due to global warming/the rise in CO2?

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