Animals becoming extinct, less available clean drinking water, glaciers rapidly melting, countries becoming flooded; these and many more are all problems we are facing in our everyday lives due to global warming. “The warnings about global warming have been extremely clear for a long time. We are facing a global climate crisis. It is deepening. We are entering a period of consequences.” Said Al Gore in a speech at the National Sierra Club Convention in 2005. Many would agree with Gore in taking the side that global warming is the greatest threat to our world today. Global warming has a chain reaction effect, causing one thing which leads to the next and so on. Contrary to what others may think, no other problem compares to the intensity of
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As the arctic melts, less and less clean drinking water becomes available which will lead to competition for clean water sources in places where this never was a problem. Pressures begin to shift due to the melting of these ice sheets, which allows for the Earth’s crust to “bounce back”, causing volcanic eruptions in unexpected areas. This was experienced in Iceland during the Gjálp eruption. These volcanic actions send unwanted gasses and solids into the Earth’s atmosphere, affecting the climate. As one can easily see through the example of glaciers melting, global warming is the greatest threat to our world today.
If you have lived in one place for a significant amount of time, you may have noticed a slight increase in temperature. This is due to global warming’s worldwide affect on climate. This increasing temperature is due to the atmosphere thickening because of too may harmful emissions being let out into the air that remain as a “blanket” above the earth. The most common of these emissions are carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane. As temperature rises, the probability of a stronger hurricane hitting us increases. This is due to ocean temperature rising and was seen during 2004 and 2005. While some places will see an increase in rain and flooding, other areas will experience serious droughts and heat waves. Studies show that Africa will have to go through the worst of these droughts, leading to fighting and war over water resources; this is