Climate Change and Environmental Issues

2661 Words Jan 7th, 2018 11 Pages
Is there something societies around the world can do to halt the warming of the planet? What is the key to societies developing a sustainable world and how do environmental dynamics impact sustainability? These questions and others will be addressed from several perspectives in this paper.
Is global warming due to human activities? The view of Scientists
The most authoritative and objective source of information on climate change (or global warming, as some prefer to use) is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group that began researching climate change in 1992. The IPCC was launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organizations (WMO) in order to "…provide an objective source of scientific information" (UN.org). It was clear by the middle of the 20th century, the UN explains, that as a "…side effect of the industrial age…human action had significantly increased the production of…carbon dioxide" one of the main greenhouse gases that contributes to global climate change.
The IPCC has its next major report due out in 2014, and while the IPCC does publish occasional white paper findings between their major reports, the most recent report is called the Climate Change 2007: Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis.
In that report there is a section called "Human and Natural Drivers of Climate Change"…
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