Problem of Global Warming

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To: Josh DeBottis From: 1732 Re: Global Warming Date: 8/30/07 The problem of global warming is multi-faceted, and as such, there is no quick or easy solution to its effects. It is undeniable that an increase in industrial activity and the use of fossil fuels has accelerated the release of greenhouse gases, thereby trapping more of the sun’s heat within the borders of Earth’s atmosphere. Though it is impossible to perfectly predict the impact of a few additional degrees on Earth’s average temperature, models predict negative changes in precipitation, storm formation, and sea levels. Though projections indicate that, on average, global precipitation will increase in the coming years as a result of global warming, the variability of warming patterns indicates that some regions will also experience decreases in average rainfall. Such drastic changes in precipitation may contribute to desertification in some areas and over-
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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.

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