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May 1 Mackenzie May Mr. Collman English 2 Pre AP April 11th, 2018 Man, You’re Killing Me With This Heat: A Look at Mankind’s Contribution to Climate Change Mankind releases approximately 2.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every second. Just think about that for a moment. This is equivalent to the release of 50,000 bathtubs full of water into the air every second. This astonishing fact is only eclipsed by the reality that this volume of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere by mankind is about a billion tons more than in the previous year. The discharge of this toxic gas has caused the earth’s temperature to rise two degrees since the late 19th century. While some may believe that there isn’t enough information to support the fact that climate change is man-made, scientists have proven that climate change is real, is caused by mankind, and does contribute to major disasters around the globe. There is overwhelming evidence to support the argument that climate change is real, and the majority of scientists agree. The levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the drastic temperature increases prove that our world is warming. “The current warming trend is ‘proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years’ ” (Pacha). “The average surface temperature increased by around 0.8 degrees celsius - a rate eight times faster than a typical post-ice-age recovery” (Pacha). This evidence demonstrates our world is heating at a rate it cannot sustain. “Every single year since 1977 has been warmer than the 20th century average, with 16 of the 17 warmest years
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May 2 on record occurring since 2001, and 2016 being the warmest year on recorded history” (How Do We Know). Based on the data supplied by climate scientists, no reasonable person can claim that climate change is not real. The issue, therefore, is the resolution of the question: what is causing the climate to change? The answer to this question contains at its root two possible options: it is either changing as a result of natural forces or as a result of mankind’s negative influence. There is much evidence to support the argument that climate change is man-made. In order to prove that climate change is man-made, one must only look to simple chemistry for the fact that when we burn carbon-based materials, carbon dioxide is emitted. “Chemical analysis of the atmosphere CO 2 that reveals the increase is coming from burning fossil fuels” (9 ways). Human beings need to recognize that their daily activities involving driving automobiles, using aerosol cans, or even the use of paper creates their own carbon footprint the size of which ultimately contributes to the problem. “Scientists agree that today’s warming is primarily caused by humans putting too much carbon in the atmosphere, like when we choose to extract and burn coal, oil, and gas, or cut down and burn forests” (How Do We Know). These statistics support the
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