Global Warming: The Aspects Of Global Change

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The aspect of “global change” has become a very recognizable issue. People all over the world have become aware of the many issues contributing to the planet’s decline and unsustainable future. These environmental changes are continuously being researched and addressed, but no one really understands the extreme effects of this global change. The most vulnerable concept is the change in climate. The ATEAM project conducted by M.J. Metzger, M.D.A. Rounsevell, L. Acosta-Michlik, R. Leemans and D. Schroter, was used to study this vulnerability. They conducted the study through the use of indicators and developed ways to help “regions in Europe cope with the effects of global change” (Metzger et al. 2006). Through this study, humans were seen to …show more content…
Scientists, in order to track conditions or trends of the Earth, use indicators, generally observations or calculations. By looking at an indicator called the Annual Greenhouse Gas Index, it is seen that the temperature is continuously increasing on Earth. Based on the “measure of the capacity of Earth’s atmosphere to trap heat as a result of the presence of long-lived greenhouse gases” (Figure 1) it is determined that global warming is continuous (“Indicators”). Taking a closer look, the AGG provides the standardized information on human activity that has affected the climate through greenhouse gas emissions (“Indicators”). By The measure of greenhouse gases, AGG, and the radiative forcing, or the change in the amount of solar radiation that is trapped by Earth’s atmosphere, are both seen to continuously increase (“Indicator: Annual Greenhouse Gas Index”). Therefore, the AGG Index provides evidence to support that the Earth’s temperature is constantly increasing over a period of …show more content…
Cities are voluntarily signing an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and joining the Cities for Climate Protection program. There have been “efforts on designing and implementing ecosystem-services-based “green infrastructure” in urban environments” as well (Pataki et al., 2011). They hope to improve air quality and health. Clean water is crucial to any living organism, sometimes helping to dilute pollution (Carpenter et al., 1998). However, water runoff an issue relating to pollution, comes from the every day agriculture. The wasted soil and other contaminated materials find their way down into estuaries and ponds causing massive destruction to not only the water, but to the animals living there as well. Eutrophication, however, is the “biggest problem in most coastal waters,” making the water even more polluted (Tilman,

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