Global Warming

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Global Warming
Extreme statements and warnings about global warming have already gripped the attention of billions of people. One can certainly argue that neglecting global warming neglects the rights of present and future generations to inhabit a healthy earth. We need to ask ourselves what we can do. What is the real evidence linking carbon dioxide to climate change, and how can we be sure this is mainly due to human activity? Most children alive today will find their future lives are deeply affected by new patterns of disease, extreme weather patterns, and by strict controls on energy and carbon use. Why aren’t we motivated to consider the long-term harmful consequences of global warming? Why aren’t we taking the rights and interests of future generations seriously? One approach to changing the outcome of global warming is to form a global partnership that will allow governments to pool resources and collectively solve future issues with global warming.

The identification of humans as the main driver of global warming helps us understand how and why our climate is changing, and it clearly defines the problem as one that is within our power to address and change. We cannot avoid some level of warming from the heat-trapping emissions already present in the atmosphere, and making predictions and posting warnings is only part of the solution to these issues. We need federal action to limit heat-trapping emissions, and we need it soon. According to Teresa Audesirk et al. “The precise consequences of global warming are difficult to predict, disruptions that will affect living things are nearly certain”. Solutions for cutting emissions are abundant, affordable, and have other benefits that make them worthy of consideration regardless of climate impact. Mandating higher fuel efficiency for automobiles will make our nation less dependent on foreign oil, protect auto industry jobs, and save money for consumers. Volunteer reduction programs have failed...
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