Environmental Issues Discussion Paper 2 Global Climate Change

Environmental Issues Discussion Paper 2 Global Climate Change

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Global Climate Change Gaurav Singh Environmental Issues Discussion Paper 1 Prof. Frank Gallagher
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Global air quality has been steadily improving over the last decade. There have been increasing concerns however, relating to the dangerous green house gases that are released into the atmosphere. According to Australian professor Tim Flannery, greenhouse gases have crossed a dangerous threshold. These hazardous gases include Carbon Dioxide, Methane, Nitrous Oxide, Nitrogen Triflouride, and of course Anthropogenic gases or fumes that originate from human activities as opposed to from the natural world. These harmful gases have startled scientists because they have reached such high levels so quickly. The gases were not expected to reach the levels they are at today for another decade. According to Professor Flannery, when all these gases are taken into account, it shows atmospheric levels of 455 parts per million. Set by the government, 450 parts per million is the figure considered to be the threshold at which dangerous climate change would be inevitable. This does not bode well for future plans to save global air quality. There is no time to deliberate on possible solutions for the future. This calls for immediate action from the government as these greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the atmosphere. The dilemma of these harmful greenhouse gases was discussed in the movie “The Inconvenient Truth.” The film exhibited disturbing facts that former Vice President Al Gore expresses as vital concerns for the global world. These concerns showed how greenhouse gases are affecting global climate change, and the disturbing phenomenon of global warming. Many of the troubling figures depicted in the film brought serious attention to the American public. The documentary itself did not do anything to help the environment, but undoubtedly brought environmental concerns to the forefront of our minds. It is only fitting that Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize for his great job of
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relaying environmental concerns to the global world. The film was a contribution to humanity because the statistics Gore presented made the world conscious of the dangers that climate change can present. We can already see some of these changes, as glaciers are melting, plants and animals are being forced from their habitats, and the number of severe storms and droughts are increasing. The movie portrays that the effects of global warming are evident in the modern world, and it is our duty to reverse the impact this has caused. Anthropogenic and Carbon Dioxide emissions are believed by many scientists to
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course ENVIRONMEN 202 taught by Professor Gallagher during the Spring '09 term at Rutgers.

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