People Of Earth, What Are You Waiting For?

1553 Words Jun 16th, 2015 7 Pages
People of earth, what are you waiting for? Global warming could be considered a contested topic, although I strongly agree with the facts presented by the scientific community about the ways in which humans affect the environment. Global warming will result in large scale melting of glaciers, extinction of plants and animals, and a rise in sea levels resulting in the loss of densely populated, low lying coastal areas. Additionally, tropical diseases and the frequency of severe weather will increase. The brunt of these disasters will fall disproportionately on the world’s poor, many of whom live in the tropics, where the effects of climate change are expected to be particularly severe (Nanda 320). The United States can take measures to combat global warming and it starts with participation. Global warming is very real and certain actions need to be taken before it is too late for the earth to heal itself. Some people do not “believe” in global warming as if it were some mythical creature. On the contrary, it is happening at an accelerated rate and in 2001, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report that calculated the effects of temperature change ranging from 2.7 to 10.8 degrees Fahrenheit. A likely change of only 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit will result in significant declines in crop yields in tropical regions, and average of 50 million more people exposed to malaria in Africa, and anywhere from 15-40 percent of species facing extinction (Goodwin, Harris,…
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