Essay on The Debate Over Climate Change

1089 Words Oct 30th, 2016 5 Pages
I am sure that you many, if not all, of you are aware of the debate surrounding climate change. The issue has been well-covered in the media, positions being taken on all sides of the issue. There are those that have sounded the alarm, warning of impending doom should we fail to act. Others have argued that climate change is but a passing fad, a nonissue that poses no real threat to our way of life. Much of this debate has been dominated by hyperbole and appeals to emotion, blurring the line between fact and fiction. It is important, indeed vital, that we all possess a solid grip on the facts surrounding this issue, so that we can accurately evaluate the issue and together and, as a nation, decide upon an appropriate course of action.
First, let us start with the data. For years, scientists have collected all forms of meteorological and climate data. Over the past century, the temperature has risen by 1 degree Fahrenheit (National Geographic). Although this slight change is not noticeable in our day to day lives, on a global scale subtle environmental shifts are occurring. For example, fish have begun to migrate toward the North and South Poles as the ocean has warmed. Coral reefs have also been damaged, having been “bleached” by the warmer waters. The warmer water causes the reef to expel algae, which can lead to the death of the coral reef (National Wildlife Federation). This phenomenon has been increasing rapidly in recent years, and will likely culminate in the…

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