Global Warming: Changing The Environment

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Humans are an incredible race of species compared to the rest of the animal kingdom on our Earth. We have the ability to manipulate our environment to our advantage: we build skyscrapers and cities, we mine out entire mountains, and we also dam up rivers. This power to shape the world in new ways is a gift of our intelligence, but with any great power such as this there is the potential for unintended consequences. We can shape the whole world to our purpose, but what if doing so were changing the environment in a way that would lead to our demise?
Global warming could be an prime example of global consequences following from changing the environment to meet our needs. During the 20th century the average global temperature rose an unprecedented
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These dangers could result in events that are disastrous for humans, such as an increased rate of hurricanes, flooding, the rising of the sea levels, destruction and disruption of natural ecosystems, and so on. Once these effects were realized, climate scientists made an effort to make this information available to the public so that action could be coordinated by governments to decrease the effects on humans. However, while we have overwhelming evidence that humans are having a global effect on climate and temperature, the exact scope and quality of these effects is unknown, and could represent a setback to our knack for burning fossil fuels to support industry, or else might be as drastic as overwhelming our socioeconomic system’s ability to cope with environmental …show more content…
This might not seem like a lot, but this is a huge difference for the global average. It is also very closely related to the rise in human industrial age. Someone might argue that this is a direct cause for global warming, and we should take this seriously, determining whether the apparent correlation is a causative relation between industry and temperature. For this, we are able to examine the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere going back 800,000 years by analyzing ice cores drilled in Greenland and Antarctica (Ferguson). By doing so, we can compare changes in global temperature and the levels of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, and take note whether there are any similar correlations that can be found in prehistoric times. If there are any similar correlations, then we would have evidence that such a sudden shift in the Earth’s climate is not necessarily due to human cause. It isn’t conclusive, but these techniques will help to shed light on whether humans are the cause of climate change

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