Impact Of Global Warming On North Carolina

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Repercussions of Global Warming in North Carolina
To begin to comprehend the scope and dynamics of the projected effects of Global Warming on different sectors of North Carolina one has to understand the basics of this particular phenomenon. What exactly is Global Warming? According to “Global warming refers to the recent and ongoing rise in global average temperature near Earth 's surface. It is caused mostly by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Global warming is causing climate patterns to change. However, global warming itself represents only one aspect of climate change” (Climate Change,
What has been said on this subject so far? Well in general most of the time when one hears about
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Throughout my searching I came across original research from two partners, Tabatabaie and Murthy, who came up with an environmental impact analysis of strawberry production in four different states. These four states are responsible for the production of ninety-nine percent of all strawberries consumed in the United States. One of the states was North Carolina. In their research they found a direct correlation with the environmental impacts of strawberry production in North Carolina and its contribution to Global Warming. They estimated the Global Warming potential for this state, in the production of strawberries, to be: 12 pounds of CO2 was put into the atmosphere for every 2 pounds of strawberries produced. To put this in visual terms, if you go to the grocery store and buy two regular sized containers of strawberries, twelve pounds of CO2 was put into the atmosphere to make those. How did they do this? They “modified [an] enterprise budget tool that collects necessary LCI [life cycle inventory] data in the background while performing economic analysis for production..” (Tabatabaie and Murthy, 549). Furthermore:
“Strawberry production has several inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, fuels and materials. Plastic mulch, drip tubes, floating row covers and packaging baskets were considered as materials. In addition to these material inputs, field operations require using agricultural machinery
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