Individual Research Paper for Global Perspectives

2538 Words May 7th, 2013 11 Pages
‘The single biggest environmental environmental and humanitarian crisis of our time. The Earth's atmosphere is overloaded with heat-trapping carbon dioxide, which threatens large-scale disruptions in climate with disastrous consequences’ (nrdc.org).

Climate change has been a natural phenomenon happening for centuries, for example, the different seasons during times of the year. However, ever since the industrialization and urbanization of the world, CO2 levels recorded by NASA, Gapminder, and EPA has evidently shown the drastic increase. So much so that Al Gore, a famous politician and activist in America, made a film called The Inconvenient Truth, showcasing the direct impact humans have on the earth. According to National
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The importance of this Greenland ice sheet, is that it mainly determines the sea level on a global scale, "If melted completely, the Greenland ice sheet contains enough water to raise sea level by 5-7 meters".

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S EPA) states that the dominating constituent of global warming is us. We are accountable for most of what the earth is going through at the current moment. This is true, as we release copious quantities of greenhouse gases from industrial systems, burning fossil fuels and non-renewable resources, an example shown from China. Moreover, IPCC reports that "the consumption of fossil fuels accounts for 56.6% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gases". This means that the fossil fuels we burn for energy make up 56.6% of all human emissions of greenhouse gases.

Consequently, global lifestyle has impacted the world on a scale that is much larger than ourselves. It has and will cause more harm than good. The vast amounts of greenhouse gases accumulated during the several past decades have begun to show it's

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