A short introduction describing what is widely meant by "global warming."?

Explore and critically evaluate the widely publicized global warming debate.

Write a 500-750-word paper that includes the following

1. A short introduction describing what is widely meant by "global warming."

2. Three paragraphs each describing some of the "evidence" cited for or against the claim that Earth is heading for a global warming catastrophe. Make sure to properly cite your sources.

3. A final paragraph stating your opinion on the matter. Make sure to support your opinion with scientific data and/or reasoning.

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  • 7 years ago
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    As an environmental engineer, I will tell you a few short words, but you will have to do some research of your own.

    The global warming is a phenomenon by which the medium temperature (at ground level ) of the atmosphere and of the oceans increases. The main factor that causes this is the CO2, the industrial development that occurred after WW2 releasing dramatic amounts of it.

    Evidence: heat waves (that can produce natural disasters like the forest fires), melting of the glaciers (therefore an increase of the oceans and seas. This causes a loss of beaches worldwide, will even affect coastal cities). It also has negative effects on some animals, since the deserts extend, vegetation dies, underground water level drops and many species simply die. Against: some scientist say that this is actually one of the cycles of the Earth, since there were periods of intense heating before, usually preceding an Ice Age.

    Your opinion is your own, as for myself, although I am an environmental engineer, I take this whole global warming madness with a grain of salt. It is here, but since many scientist said that they were bribed to increase the numbers, I don't think that people caused so much harm.

    PS: check the Wikipedia article, they surely have a lot of sources on the bottom of the page. Just write global warming on Google and there you have your research paper.

  • 7 years ago

    A short introduction is on wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming

    A more scientific source is NASA:

    http://climate.nasa.gov/

    (click the links at the side).

    97% of climate scientists think that most recent global warming is real and man-made, according to a study of over 10,000 climate scientists published by the Institute of Physics:

    http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/8/2/024024/art...

    The media, politicians, bloggers and pressure groups funded by fossil fuel companies often disagree with the scientists. They commonly reference experts of their own, with impressive sounding titles, although many of these aren't climate scientists (such as Dr S Fred Singer, who was also paid to say that CFCs don't harm the ozone layer and smoking doesn't cause lung cancer).

    They have a number of claims that they repeat, and most are false or misleading. If you see anti-global warming claims from newspapers or bloggers, then they are probably covered by the excellent skepticalscience.com website:

    http://skepticalscience.com/argument.php

    which always links back to the original scientific papers where the research was done.

    Climate scientists agree that global warming is happening and that it's mostly man-made. However, we haven't yet calculated exactly what will happen in the future. We know, for example, that the total amount of worldwide rainfall will increase, but we don't know exactly how much rainfall will change in Chicago in winter.

    The state-of-the-art in 2007 climate science research was the report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The introduction of the report is here:

    http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/wg1/e...

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    7 years ago

    Global Warming is a scam! It was perpetuated by scam artists.

    Quote by Club of Rome: "In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill....All these dangers are caused by human intervention....and thus the “real enemy, then, is humanity itself....believe humanity requires a common motivation, namely a common adversary in order to realize world government. It does not matter if this common enemy is “a real one or….one invented for the purpose."

    As evidence, the earth has been cooling for over a decade, yet the CO2 level has increased during this time. Proving that CO2 is not the driving force behind any atmospheric change.

    Also as evidence that it is a scam are the words of the scam artists themselves.

    Quote by Ottmar Edenhoffer, high level UN-IPCC official: "We redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy...Basically it's a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization...One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore."

    Quote from Monika Kopacz, atmospheric scientist: "It is no secret that a lot of climate-change research is subject to opinion, that climate models sometimes disagree even on the signs of the future changes (e.g. drier vs. wetter future climate). The problem is, only sensational exaggeration makes the kind of story that will get politicians’ — and readers’ — attention. So, yes, climate scientists might exaggerate, but in today’s world, this is the only way to assure any political action and thus more federal financing to reduce the scientific uncertainty."

    Quote by Timoth Wirth, U.S./UN functionary, former elected Democrat Senator: “We’ve got to ride the global-warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.”

    Then there are real scientists who know what the facts are:

    Quote by Will Happer, Princeton University physicist, former Director of Energy Research at the Department of Energy: “I had the privilege of being fired by Al Gore, since I refused to go along with his alarmism....I have spent a long research career studying physics that is closely related to the greenhouse effect....Fears about man-made global warming are unwarranted and are not based on good science. The earth's climate is changing now, as it always has. There is no evidence that the changes differ in any qualitative way from those of the past.”

    Quote by Tom McElmurry, meteorologist, former tornado forecaster in Severe Weather Service: “Governmental officials are currently casting trillions down huge rat hole to solve a problem which doesn’t exist....Packs of rats wait in that [rat] hole to reap trillions coming down it to fill advocates pockets....The money we are about to spend on drastically reducing carbon dioxide will line the pockets of the environmentalists....some politicians are standing in line to fill their pockets with kick back money for large grants to the environmental experts....In case you haven’t noticed, it is an expanding profit-making industry, growing in proportion to the horror warnings by government officials and former vice-presidents.”

    Plus there are over 31,000 scientists who have taken time out of their lives to sign a petition showing that they do not go along with AGW. See 'petitionproject.org'.

    No one can doubt that this is a scam perpetuated by those who desire riches and power. It is a power grab in the highest form. Honest scientists have repeatedly pointed this out and the proponents of AGW have pointed this out. When both sides tell you it is a scam, why should we pursue it any further.

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