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What is Global Warming?

what is global warming

There is a good chance that you have heard of global warming before.  After all, global warming is regularly talked about on the radio, television, and even on the internet.  Although there is a good chance that you have heard of global warming before, you may not necessarily know what it is.  There is a large amount of debate circulating the theory of global warming and these debates often lead to confusion.

In scientific terms, global warming is defined as the process that results in the earth’s temperature rising.  This rise in temperature is attributed to an increase in greenhouse gases.  These gases are raising the earth’s temperatures to levels that concern many meteorologists and scientists.

When it comes to global warming and the increase in the earth’s temperature, there are many individuals who wonder why all of the concern.  In many aspects, a slight rise in temperate is not shocking, but there seems to be no relief.  The rise of the earth’s temperature will also lead to temperature increases on the ground.  The fear is that these temperature increases will lead to the melting of large ice masses.  The fear is that these melting masses will result in a sea level rise that could result in flooding all around the world.  If so, millions of individuals may be displaced from their homes, with their cities and towns underwater.

Another question commonly asked about global warming is how does it impact us now.  While we are starting to see many changes in our weather and with the earth’s temperature, these changes may or may not be attributed to global warming.  This is where the debate once again enters the picture.  Regardless, if the earth’s temperature continues to rise you may not see the changes firsthand, but your children will.  These changes may include warming temperatures, as well as stronger storms, and varying weather conditions around the globe.

Speaking of the global warming debate, there are many scientists, as well as politicians and other well known figures who claim that global warming is nothing to be concerned with.  In fact, many claim that reducing green house gas emissions, especially from industrial related activities, can have a worse impact on our economy than global warming.  What is difficult for many about the global warming debate is that both sides claim to have proof that backs up their views and theories.

Many also wonder who will be impacted the most by global warming.  As previously stated, you may not see the affects of global warming in your lifetime, but your children or their children may.  That is why you are urged to take action or at least examine global warming in-depth to see what there is that you can do to help.  Global warming could have an impact on where your future family members are able to live, the activities that they are able to participate in, and the economy in general.

In addition to your future family, global warming will also have an impact on sea and wildlife.  It has been said that coral reefs are becoming unstable due to the large amounts of toxins in our waters.  Many animals rely on coral reefs for shelter and food.  There is also concern for other wildlife, including bears.  There have been some unverified reports that bears are hibernating later in the year.  This can have a huge impact on the wildlife cycle, as well as the outdoor activities enjoyed by many humans.

As previously stated, if you are concerned with the impact that global warming may have on your future family, you may want to take action.  Although global warming itself is largely debated, many state that the prevention tips often suggested are ones that can do great good for the earth anyways.  These tips involve keeping your heat at a moderate level, using energy efficient light bulbs, limiting your car use, or purchasing a hybrid or another energy efficient vehicle.