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December 10, 2007 Matt Doherty Research Paper Final Draft Global Warming Affects Sports?: What Sports Can Do to Stop the Looming Environmental Crisis Everyone hates a rained-out baseball game. A long trek to the park (for me Yankee Stadium is over one hour from my house), plus the cost of the now-worthless tickets added to the buckets of rain coming down from the sky equals one unpleasant experience. But instead of complaining about it, ask yourself why it rains so much. Or why when it doesn’t rain, it’s blazing hot in the summer, almost to the point of danger. Or why the beach you went to as a young child has now washed away into the ocean. Or why you haven’t strapped up your snowboard for the last three winters. Global Warming isn’t some left-wing conspiracy made up for the sake of making Al Gore some extra cash. No, it’s real, and its here. And it’s affecting sports much more than any of us could ever fathom. Global Warming threatens to tear sports right out of the fabric of America. Yes, that’s right. Global warming’s far-reaching effects include the sports world. What would it be like without baseball on a summer afternoon, NFL on Sunday, or your favorite team being wiped from existence? Sadly, we may find these answers if we continue to spew greenhouse gases into the atmosphere at our current rate. Global Warming has its roots in the mass immigration to America at the turn of the 20 th Century. The industrial revolution had been underway for nearly 150 years, and technology was becoming more and more efficient and developed. As hoards of people 1
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immigrated to America from all across Europe and western Asia, America’s population increased dramatically. From 1850 to 1930 more than 20 million people immigrated to the United States, thus increasing the total population by more than 30 percent (Sebenius 123). All these new immigrants needed jobs, so many more factories were opened up in the major cities across the country. Business was great, and most people had a job. Only one problem: these new factories were spewing out harmful greenhouse gases – most notably carbon dioxide produced by burning coal, oil and gas – that started a phenomenon known as the greenhouse effect (Sebenius 130). The greenhouse effect allows sunlight to penetrate this layer of gases in the Earth’s troposphere, as normally it should; however, these gases do not allow the heat produced by the sunlight to escape back into space. Thus, the Earth heats up like a greenhouse on a hot July day. In the last 100 years, the temperature of the Earth has increased by 1.33 degrees Fahrenheit. Surely this seems like an inconsequential amount, and, granted it is, but we must take this indicator as a warning sign of climate change to come. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading world firm on global warming foresees that in the next 100 years, the temperature of the Earth could rise five degrees to nearly 11.5 degrees Fahrenheit above the average world temperature
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