Global Warming Solutions Essay

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Climate change is a controversial subject that needs further investigation to conclusively prove to others that a problem exists. Even those trying to prove climate change will admit there are multiple variables that can affect the planet’s climate and many of those are not man-made.
As stated in the introduction to chapter 12, “2013: Long-term Climate Change: Projections, Com¬mitments and Irreversibility”, of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR5) by Collins et al. (2013), Projections of future climate change are not like weather forecasts. It is not possible to make deterministic, definitive predictions of how climate will evolve over the next century and beyond as it is with short-term
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These samples coincide with historical knowledge of a warm period during the Middle Ages and a mini Ice Age in the seventeenth century (Hodgson, 2008, p. 348). Weather patterns around the world have a history of fluctuating drastically, moving from periods of sweltering heat to frigid cold, years of overabundant rainfall to drought, seasons of destructive storm systems to mild conditions and earthquakes (Hodgson, 2008, p. 345). The monsoonal rains in India can fail, leading to drought and scarcity. El Niños events, which develop in the warm waters of the Pacific, can have destructive ramifications on the eastern Pacific coastline (Hodgson, 2008, p. 347).
According to the American Meteorological Society (2007), “…there is limited historical basis of experience on which to judge the accuracy of climate projections. Confidence must be assessed by other methods. These include inferences from prehistoric paleoclimate evidence, and careful process-study observations of the causal chain between energy flow changes and climate pattern responses” (p. 420). Currently, the most complete climate predictions require scientist to depend on complicated computer codes based on mathematical models encompassing measurements, the laws of motion, thermodynamics, and energy transfer in the form of electromagnetic radiation (American Meteorological

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