Global Warming And Climate Change Essay

1253 Words Jul 31st, 2016 6 Pages
"According to a new U.N. report, the global warming outlook is much worse than originally predicted. Which is pretty bad when they originally predicted it would destroy the planet" (Jay Leno). For most people, the phrases "global warming" and "climate change" conjure images of damaging flood waters caused by melting polar caps, the scorching sun through a depleted ozone, and destructive 'superstorms ' formed by increasingly inclement weather. Though these grand manifestations of global warming do pose very real and present threats, there is a subtler, more personal danger that climate change is posing to something even more valuable than our coastlines and homes: it is stealthily creeping into our lives and stealing our health. Global warming is a major risk to the health of the American people as the impact of man-made climate change increases across the nation. Escalating amounts of greenhouse gases produce higher temperatures, altered precipitation patterns, amplified effects of extreme weather events, and growing sea levels. These changes in climate are perilous to our health because they affect the air we breathe, the food and water that nourishes us, and the weather we experience. As the climate continues to change, the risks to human health continue to grow with current and future climate impacts causing more people in more places to be more vulnerable to public health threats. In the United States, we have endured and continue to endure climate-related calamities as…

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