Lucas Lawrence. Mrs. Bernard. Honors American Literature.

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Lucas Lawrence Mrs. Bernard Honors American Literature 2/11/2017 Climate Change Persuasive Paper Since the Industrial Revolution, the sudden growth of human society has been accompanied by the production of large amounts of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that can trap heat in the Earth. Climate change is a real and occurring phenomenon and is caused primarily by human activity. Additionally, neglecting the issue could have severe repercussions on many ecosystems and environments across the world. Temperatures have risen over the past century. Specifically, temperatures have risen by 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit since the middle of the twentieth century, according to NASA. While only one degree may seem insignificant, only tiny changes in…show more content…
One such impact is the acidification of Earth’s oceans, due to carbon dioxide being absorbed into them. A study published in the journal Nature concluded that oceans around the world could experience a drop in pH, becoming slightly acidic, within the next few decades, harming species with shells and thus any species that feeds on them, including many humans. Additionally, rising temperatures will likely lead to increased sea levels. This is because water will expand as it increases in temperature. According to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, sea levels have risen by 2.6 inches since 1993, and they continue to rise at an increasing rate. Additionally, sea levels have risen by about 8 inches over the last century. Increased sea levels can lead to an increase in coastal flooding, damaging urban areas. In fact, a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science concluded that parts of many coastal cities such as Miami and Norfolk could be submerged in water within the next century at our current rate of carbon dioxide emission. Much of this begs the question, why do we continue to seek fossil fuels instead of devoting more resources towards finding cleaner, carbon-friendly energy sources? One argument against climate change is that carbon dioxide is not linked to increased global temperatures, and that carbon dioxide is
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