In the modernized lifestyles we live today, the consequences of this lifestyle seems to have finally caught up with us. Since 1994, the world's mean temperature has risen almost 1 degree Fahrenheit, and it is only increasing. This is believed to have been caused by excess gas and smoke emissions from cars, planes, boats, and factories, and is more commonly known as global warming. This problem is threatening the existence of our planet, and is one that needs to be dealt with. Research on this conflict has shown that the gases released from our vehicles and factories, also known as greenhouse gases, have damaged the layers of our atmosphere and has allowed the suns heat to penetrate further into our planet, and that in the very near future our planet may become uninhabitable. So the question most sane people would ask is this: What are we going to do to stop this? The solution to this question is pretty simple in concept: stop trashing our planet, and cut down on our greenhouse gas emissions. However, executing this solution requires a worldwide effort, and therein lies the problem.
[...] These are scientific facts, and cannot be disputed, but the skepticism about global warming derives from the alleged causes of it, and the future predictions on it. Predictions on global warming and the world's climate in the future come from complex computer formulas for the most part, and many believe these formulas are inaccurate. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) investigated this, and wrote a report on global warming that is widely regarded as the most accurate report on it. [...]
[...] With this being known, it raises an interesting question: If global warming is threatening the fate of the planet, why hasn't there been more coverage of it in the media? Imagine if an asteroid was heading towards Earth and threatened to blow us all up into little bits, but it could be stopped with a worldwide effort. If this was happening, it's safe to say it would be the only thing on you would read about in the paper or see on TV. [...]
[...] This being said, why are we still so concerned with global warming? If over 170 countries are all on the same page as far as fighting global warming, shouldn't the problem soon be fixed? In theory, yes, but the politics involved in global warming have a huge effect on the actual results of this treaty, and many of the countries signed onto this treaty including Canada and Australia have failed to meet the required level of greenhouse gas emissions that the treaty demands. [...]
[...] A great example of an individual combating global warming is that of Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Enterprises. Branson ate brunch with Al Gore one day, and Gore informed him of the imminent threat of global warming. Inspired, Branson pledged over 3 billion dollars over a span of 10 years into finding cleaner, more efficient energy sources for the world, which was the largest donation towards the cause by far. The perspectives that an individual takes on global warming is influenced by the media coverage on the issue, and the accuracy of that coverage. [...]
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