Cause Essay - 1 Jim Klepin November 4, 2007 Professor Bohn...

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1 Jim Klepin November 4, 2007 Professor Bohn Global Warming: The Earth Killer? Global warming is a serious problem that effects the entire world with consequences such as rising sea levels and melting glaciers. Each year the ozone layer of the Earth is filled with excess gases that trap heat inside the atmosphere. This is causing a global temperature increase that may eventually lead to entire climate shifts, which can effectively kill all living beings. Global warming is caused by carbon dioxide and other air pollution that is collecting in the atmosphere like a thickening blanket, trapping the sun's heat and causing the planet to increase in temperature. Coal-burning power plants are the largest source of air pollution, which causes global warming, in the U.S., seconded by automobiles. Along with coal-burning power plants and automobiles, agricultural areas release methane into the atmosphere, which joins with carbon dioxide to cause global warming. The effects of global warming have been documented and the results are startling. Global warming is already causing damage in many parts of the United States. In 2002, Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon endured their worst wildfire seasons in history. The same year, drought created severe dust storms in Montana, Colorado, and Kansas, and floods caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage in Texas, Montana, and North Dakota. Since the early 1950s, snow accumulation has declined 60 percent and winter seasons have shortened in some areas of the Cascade Range in Oregon and Washington. This is only the effect that global warming has had in the U.S., and the rest of the world is also suffering from the effects of global warming. In
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2 2003, extreme heat waves caused more than 20,000 deaths in Europe and more than 1,500 deaths
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course ENGL 015 taught by Professor Stjean,shawnr during the Fall '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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