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Evidence of Climate Crashing and Severe Global Warming

The issue of global warming and the various greenhouse effects it is having are becoming more and more pronounced all the time. From the glaciers in the Antarctic melting, to the recent landslides, earthquakes, and numerous natural disasters; it is more apparent that there is definitely a natural crisis brewing. The question is, “How much more can the earth take?” There is no doubt that if the current conditions persist, then the problems are going to escalate to enormous proportions. Motavalli (2004) points out that when you begin to notice displaced penguins, and black spruces’ growing in Alaska, then something is clearly out of place.

From changes in the Tundra, to rising tides along the coasts, to the early return of singing monarchs, climate changes are rapidly taking place. This is predominantly due to global warming. It would now seem, regardless of any palliative plans that big corporations, and the government has put into place, global warming is definitely upon the world, and with it is approaching all sorts of climatic problems. Our environment, as we have known it, is gradually transforming. Along the California coastline, changes are also noticeable as the migration patter of many birds is out of balance and the food chain for an abundance of many mammals is not substantial, causing them to have to search elsewhere. This affects the natural balance of the earth’s wildlife, as well as the habitats of these mammals.

Furthermore, the time span that has been stated might not even be accurate for it would seem that there have been increased shifts in recent years, more so than was previously expected to happen. Even now the ecosystems and many species of animals are showing reactions to the adverse environment, everywhere around the world, yet our government sits back and denies the facts that are staring them directly in the face. They presume that there is still plenty of time to make necessary changes to control the climate when in reality there is not. Some environmentalists believe that it is already too late to control. The climate shifts are too vast and far between to try and fix. This is not the type of scenario that you can put a bandage on, and then continue forward in life, as our government would like to have the public believe. But how can it be ignored that the structure of our natural environment is collapsing all around us. Even in Florida, Australia, and Fiji, the coral reefs are severely endangered due to the swiftly changing climatic temperatures that we have been experiencing in recent years.

Scientists clearly identify changes year after year, no matter how minute that they are. They are still sure signs that something is terribly wrong, and everyone knows what is wrong but there is not enough being done to slow the process anymore than what it already is (Motavalli 2004, p.3). What is happening in the world can be compared to what happens to the human body when a serious illness impales it. Cancer does not often progress rapidly, as is the same for global warming. The process is gradual but visual to our most prudent landscapes and landmarks, such as the glaciers, etc. What is really sad is the fact that our over population and shortage of food and other natural supplies might become more catastrophic to our existence and the earth than any war ever has placed upon us (Motavalli 2004, p.3).

One of the more pronounced affects of global warming has to do with the temperature changes taking place in the Antarctic, which has been a close focus of many environmentalists. A figure of seven ice shelves, lying across the peninsula are gradually disintegrating, and when they finally do dissolve completely, the whole continent of the Antarctic is going to feel the extreme differences. Not just there but, indeed everywhere will be affected by this. Furthermore, it is not only the glaciers in the ocean that are feeling the sting of global warming but land glaciers as well.

The ice cliff that is approximately one mile long, famously known as, “Marr Ice Piedmont” on Anverse Island has been stated to have receded in height by 1600 feet since the 60’s. The icecaps in Greenland are now starting to show signs of deterioration, but not as drastic as the glaciers in the Antarctic, at least not yet. Within the United States, the glaciers that make up Glacier National Park have even receded and it is stated that they will totally disappear by mid century. The question must be asked, “What will happen when they are gone?” (Motavalli 2004, p.5). Rising sea levels is another concern, and the safety of people along the shoreline is a great worry. These rising sea levels are causing flooding into areas like, the everglades, mangroves, flooding estuaries, and consuming low lying islands (Motavalli 2004, p.5).

Soon, where we once saw islands there will be none, and if there is population on any of these islands they will be washed away by t he high tides and crashing waves, eventually. In Alaska, the ground itself is changing as the threat of melting permafrost permeates scientists’ thoughts and is intensifying further investigations into this concern. It is claimed that if this takes place then the damages from it could be extensive, placing a dire hardship on the tundra itself.

Some of the environmental problems that could take place are, “forest damage, sinking roads and buildings, eroding tundra river banks, changes in tundra vegetation, and increased carbon dioxide and methane emissions from the thawing tundra” (Motavalli 2004, p.7). This directly affects the Caribou in Alaska and if the permafrost melts it will have an adverse affect on these mammals being able to forage for food in the winter. They could ultimately starve to death and become extinct like so many past mammals of this planet.

There have also been a myriad of natural disasters that have been blamed on global warming. This has been taking place since the early 1990’s, but some of the more affluent disasters that resulted in great damage and severe economic distress have been, the Marmara earthquake in Turkey(1999), Hurricane Mitch in Central America (1998), and the Gujarat Earthquake in India (2001) (Pelling 2003, p.3). Of course there have been even more recent disasters such as the flooding in Louisiana and surrounding areas from Hurricane Katrina (2005), multiple mudslides in various parts of the world due to an over abundances of rainfall, multiple tornados, etc.

The list goes on and on. These are all disasters stemming from the product of global warming, and sadly there is nothing that can be done to put a halt to them once the wheels in the natural environment have been set into motion. One prime example of this is El Nino from 1997-98. The questions remain if the occurrences that took place from this climatic change had to do with the harsh ramifications of global warming or were they simply natural disasters that would have taken place without the climate change at all?

Many scientists claim that global warming is human based and it is one of the prioritized causes of the environmental problems (Beers 1998). High sea surface temperatures, directly caused by El Nino are said to be killing off high percentages of coral reefs in the oceans all around the world. These reefs help supply the oxygen we need to breath and without them there would be a great depletion in the air quality. With the over population that we have now this does not bode will for humanity, and any scientist would state the same.

In California, Peru, and Chili, the warm ocean temperatures disturbed the food chain for various species of aquatic and mammal life alike. This is disturbing in that if these creatures can not eat they will die. The same truth lies in the human race’s dilemma, if animals are dying off because of global warming, what will happen to human beings 100 years down the road? Right now, the prospects are not that great but this is not to say things can not be changed. There is always hope, some would say. However, we see horrific disasters taken place all around us, every year, sometimes every three months or so of every year.

In Indonesia for example, a rampage of forest fires destroyed over 6000 square miles, trapping and incinerating rare wildlife and the exotic wildlife of nature. Some of the animals that were facing such a crisis were tropical migrant birds, leopards, tigers, elephants, rhinoceroses, and orangutans (Beer 1998). This same occurrence took place in Mexico, and Central America with more than one million acres of natural grasslands being destroyed due to it. If it can be remembered, these blazes burned for several weeks, causing wide spread fear due to the possible inhalation of possible cancer causing particles from the debris. Also, let us not forget about typhoon Winnie which killed a number of people in China and Taiwan, not so many years ago. These have all been gradual steps in the process of climatic shifting and environmental changes. All of these disasters can only be blamed on global warming, yet man kind has its own part to play in this horrible dilemma as well.

In conclusion, it can be stated that this is possibly only the beginning. We are on the edge of global warming at the moment. The most dominant of concerns lies in how bad it is actually going to get and how severe are the next disasters going to become? A nation can only try and prepare itself because it seems there is no stopping the anger of Mother Nature.
Published: 2006-04-14
Author: Misty Keith

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Misty Keith is a wife and mother of three. She has been published in many venues on the web, as well as one print publication. Currently she works for clients, assisting them with academic papers of all genres. She can write in non-fiction, fiction, horror, romance, inspirational, motivational; basically all creative styles are a familiarity for her. Creativity and Inspirational are her favorite styles.

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