Unformatted text preview: saturation of soil in others. Both outcomes will inhibit farming in their respective areas. Signs indicate that global warming will also demonstrably exacerbate storm conditions because warmer water gives greater strength to tropical storms and hurricanes that form off land. Intensified storms will likely cause more damage to existing infrastructure. Scientists also predict that rising temperatures will melt glaciers, ice caps, and ice sheets, causing a rise in sea level that may engulf or erode coastlines. Land areas at particularly low sea levels may be swallowed up entirely. While global warming’s potential negative environmental effects are well-documented, perhaps the most frightening aspect of the trend is that it is impossible to predict the severity and speed of the onset of these drastic changes....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PPS 55 taught by Professor Kelley during the Fall '07 term at Duke.
- Fall '07