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GLOBAL WARMING PAPER By: Andrew Sobler Intro to Business Prof. Gary Guidetti
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The article, “Feeing The Heat” was about the legal ramifications and aspects regarding the vastly growing debate over the issues of climate change, and in a greater sense, global warming. The article focuses on one community in Alaska, Shishmaref, who voted to pack up all their belongings and leave their homes after continuous series of rising sea levels and violent storms thought to be the cause of global warming forced them to leave their homes. This case and others like it are taking on more serious consideration and legal action from the courts, as the consequences from global warming are starting to be seen more and more in our world, and governments are being forced to take more action and regulations regarding it. Also how businesses such as the automobile industries are contributing to the now constant problem of global warming, the article provides several cases within it to help justify and validate its claims. One of the primary points the article first makes is that trends over time have not appeared to change very much. Evidence from NASA suggests that the Earth’s 5 hottest years have all occurred since 1998, the hottest coming in 2005. Global temperatures have also gone up 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit over time, which may not sound like a lot, but over time that increased heat leads to more melting of the polar ice caps which in turn can lead to cases such as this one in Alaska. Thermal expansion of the warming water from the rising temperatures leads to the rising sea levels. Recent satellite images suggests that the ice sheets on both the masses of Greenland and Antarctica are starting to break off and melt much faster than once thought, this also is causing sea levels to rise as much as 10 inches. Again that might not sound like a lot also but if the most extreme cases were to happen most of our maps of the world will have to be re-written. Not everything
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happening that leads to the base of the cause of these court cases can be linked to the problem of global warming, and lots of skeptics still remain questioning the existence of the problem, like those in the high ranks of the Bush administration who have constantly totally denied the existence of global warming. You can’t argue with science in this case though, and for most climatologists the question is no longer whether it’s a problem because all evidence ever produced says it is, now the question is what we can do to help prevent it and how much time we have. A second point the article makes is just about the vast amounts of legal actions occurring at the national, regional, and international levels. For example, Europe has set objectives of putting in measures that would maintain the temperatures at 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the preindustrial levels. At this level, some climate models that have been made project that this setting “would trigger the risk of major environmental
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