Examples Of Global Warming Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg By James R. Lee

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Many people in today’s society tend to treat global warming and the effect it has on all of our lives, as a joke. James R. Lee does a fabulous job, in his article titled “Global Warming is Just the Tip of the Iceberg”, talking about the effects of Global Warming and how it can lead to warfare and many conflicts of the 21st century. The article gives three different reasons for believing global warming could lead to warfare, the first being a conflict that could arise from a shortage of products. As temperatures begin to get warmer, ice caps begin to melt which means the amount of open land will continue to decline. The second reason the author gives is the opposite of shortage. He states that conflicts will begin to arise from an abundance. …show more content…
Lee is an assistant professor at the American University School of International Service along with being the director of the Mandala Projects. His article “Global Warming is Just the Tip of the Iceberg” was published in the Washington Post in January of 2009. While stating his facts and what he believes will happen if global warming continues the way it does, he provides each reason for thinking the way he does with historical evidence. For example, when Lee talks about the first conflict and how it can arise from scarcity, he begins by talking about displacement. Not only does he describe what would happen if displacement occurred but he begins by explaining that it can happen suddenly or slowly while using examples of regions of Northern Africa that soon became the Nile and Niger rivers, and Hurricane Katrina causing such a large impact on these lands (cite). After giving historical evidence, Lee gave more insight on what would happen if the different ways global warming could lead to warfare actually were to happen. Along with these ways, Lee uses quotes from different significant figures and companies involved with global warming when backing up his …show more content…
His writing appeals to many audiences but the main audience being the millennials. Lee talks about the future of the world and gives examples on how to fix it. He states “We need to understand and react to it-ordinary people and government alike-in ways that avoid conflict. Over the next few years, we may find that climate-change accords and peace treaties start to overlap more and more.” Lee says that global warming is a long-term effect, pointing his argument towards the younger generations and saying that if we, as a whole, don’t do something about it not, we as a whole will suffer. He states that over the next two decades climate will continue to transform greatly and every little act to better the environment can help

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