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Sean Faulk ATOC 1060 April 14, 2008 Weather Project Global warming was dismissed by many scientists in the past; however, now it is widely known that global warming is indeed occurring as many different people have presented various evidence of this anthropogenic warming. One of the clear pieces of evidence that scientists have discovered in relation to global warming is the alarming rise in temperature. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration noted that temperatures have risen by .74 degrees Celsius since the late 19 th century (“Global Warming: Frequently Asked Questions”). Just by looking at the surface temperatures from 1850 to 2000 you can see a clear rise in temperature as evident in the graph provided by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration below: http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/img/climate/globalwarming/ar4-fig-3-6.gif Other evidence also points to the fact that global warming is instigating the melting of the polar ice caps and the corresponding rise in sea level. NASA scientists recently noted that, “The 20 billion net tons of water melted into the oceans… One prediction is that sea levels should increase by a foot or two by 2100, and up to 25 feet within 500 years” (“Global Warming Impact on Polar Ice Sheets Confirmed”). Global warming is a severe problem that could be catastrophic to future generations if our own anthropogenic forces continue to contribute to the problem at the rate they have been. This sea level rise can have tremendous effects on coasts all over the
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