Global Climate Change. Marc E. Wiltfong. Sec 510 – Position

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Global Climate Change
Marc E. Wiltfong
SEC 510 – Position Paper 1
Faculty: Dr. Danielle Camacho
Southern New Hampshire University
Date: February 05, 2017

Global Climate Change
Summary of the issue:
Is climate change caused by mankind or is it simply a natural occurrence? If the answer were as easy as “yes, it is 100% caused by humans,” or “no it’s not at all caused by humans,” there would be very little room for argument. Two questions need to be investigated: 1) Is it probable that such a young species could really be responsible for causing enough air pollution in approximately 250 years, from the 1700’s to mid 1900’s, to alter the climate of the entire planet? 2) Is it probable that mankind’s industrialization from the
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The UNFCCC is working with the various governments around the world to stabilize the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere to keep the planet from warming more than 2ºC above pre-industrial temperatures (Watts, 2015). The most noted of the work is the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) meetings that began with COP1 in Berlin back in 1995. The COP3 adopted the Kyoto Protocol, even though it wasn’t fully accepted by all member nations. The COP21 was an effort to legally bind members to their submitted plans of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), defining what level of greenhouse gas production each nation would commit to not exceeding from 2025-2030. Prior to the INDCs, a bleak outlook was forecast in 2009-2010 of global temperature rising between 4-5ºC. That figure was restated by the UNFCCC prior to the COP21 in Paris, to below 3ºC, due to the commitments of the INDCs (Watts, 2015).
Global climate change is more than just raising the concentration of GHG’s in the atmosphere, it’s a serious health threat. Dr. Howard Koh, of the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, has stated that global warming is a threat to human health because of an increase in respiratory and allergy aggravation,
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