Essay on Rising Sea Levels And Global Warming

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Rising Sea Levels and Global Warming During the last hundred years, there has been a net loss of wetland areas along the Seaboard of the continental United States. Due to the rising sea levels, naturally occurring or a result of global warming our wetlands are shrinking at a faster pace than expected. What does this mean? How does this affect us? What can we do to prevent any more loss? All these are questions I hope to answer in this paper. In 1896 a Swedish scientist named Svante Arrhenius claimed that fossil fuel combustion may eventually result in enhanced warming. He proposed a relationship between atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and temperature. He found that the average surface temperature of the Earth is about 15 degrees Celsius because of the infrared absorption capacity of water vapor and carbon dioxide. This was called the natural greenhouse effect. Although, Svante did his research the thought of global warming was dismissed. Most people thought humans didn’t cause any significant damage to the Earth. It was also believed that oceans were such great carbon sinks that they would automatically cancel out our pollution. Fast forward to the 1950’s, researcher Gilbert Plass studies show that adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere would intercept infrared radiation that is otherwise lost to space, warming the earth. Even with evidence the argument that the oceans would absorb carbon dioxide still stood. However, it was proven that carbon dioxide…

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