Global Warming, Chapter Six

August 13, 2007 at 5:49 am (Climatology, College Related, Global Warming, Politics)

Chapter Six:
Why Should We Care?

Although there have been many different models and predictions about the future effects of global warming, scientists agree that the temperature is going to rise if nothing is done to curb emissions. The effects of this rise will be dolorous. The models have changed over the years and some have been reduced from over-exaggerated numbers, but this can be attributed to the development of better technologies. With these better technologies, it has been predicted that the earth’s temperature will rise between 2-4° F over the next hundred years. Fresh water stored in glaciers will no longer be available if the glaciers melt. Unpredictable weather will destroy agriculture all over the world. As part of a delicate ecosystem, animals will disappear from the globe forever.

Skeptics want people to think that the numbers have changed because of political agendas and a strange need for scientists to create drama. In fact, one scientist claims that humans have some strange desire to blame themselves for every thing that happens in the environment. Leroux sarcastically writes, “It is not complicated- humans are responsible for everything, always, commit all manner of sins, and are capable of anything, even of dictating the weather, a power once reserved for the gods! And now we must pay!” (4). Leroux wants people to believe that climate scientists are only trying to make people feel bad for pollution. But this is not the case. There is a difference between blaming and taking responsibility. Advocates for the environment are trying to get people to help undo the damage that has been done to the planet throughout the industrial age. This isn’t placing blame and making people pay as Leroux would have some believe, this is addressing a global crisis.

In the same book, Leroux admits that pollution is a problem, but states that climate change is a completely separate issue. He says “Let us make one thing clear from the start: there should be no confusion of pollution and climate. Pollution is a serious and urgent enough subject by itself, and would require dealing with separately, by appropriate specialists” (6). Pollution is treated as a separate issue because-well- global warming supposedly doesn’t exist. The abnormally rapid rise in temperature is treated as just another change the earth goes through. What Leroux is failing to disclose is that the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is most commonly known as air-pollution. This pollution is causing climate change. Leroux is trying to blind his readers into desregarding the facts.

Taking any action to curb global warming would unnecessarily affect industries because it is too soon to tell if the damages will be negative enough to cause alarm. However, if no action is taken, by the time these constant skeptics can be convinced, it may be too late. Glaciers are already melting at a rapid rate, ice sheets are falling into the ocean, ecosystems are failing as weather effects habitat and migration of animals. The skeptical scientists are being paid to deny that global warming exists, so as sea levels rise around them and droughts strike the world’s food production, they will continue to be paid off by gross polluters to try and halt policy change regarding air pollution. These skeptics are dangerous to the environment and to future generations. Ice sheets are already falling into the ocean, animal populations are already being affected, droughts are already destroying the lives of millions and natural disasters are already creating millions more dollars in damage each year than in the past.

If the oil industry and their puppet scientists get their way, the earth is only going to get worse. Before the Industrial Revolution, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere was 275 parts per million (ppi). It has risen to about 360 ppi. (Karl and Trenberth 54). Reducing these emissions would affect the huge profits that industries such as oil companies are making. As the temperature rises and food production falls, millions more will starve. As the sea levels rise, the coasts will become increasingly uninhabitable. Millions will be relocated as the ocean reclaims the land. Heavy storms will cause trillions of dollars in property damage. Not all areas will be affected in the same way, but all will be affected.


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