Edwin O. Anyimu
Ivy Tech Community College
When it comes to connecting the dots among climate change, extreme weather and health, the lines are clear. The Earth is saying something with the record heat, droughts, storms and fires. Scientist are telling us this is what global warming looks like. Crowded landfills, polluted water, and poor air quality are just a few of the environmental problems that affect both industrial and developing nations (opposing viewpoints online collection, 2013). This phenomenon, known as global warming could have serious negative impact to humans and all other living things. Global warming is a complex problem that is becoming crucial each day, which governments involved in production of mass greenhouse gases are having difficulty addressing it. Statement of Problem
Most scientists believe that the Earth’s atmosphere is getting warmer. However, the effects of global warming remain an issue of great debate and uncertainty (opposing viewpoints-The Environment, 2008). Some researchers predict dramatic and serious problems for future generation. For example, global warming effects climate patterns. Warmer oceans could result in stronger and more frequent hurricanes as temperatures climb, some regions could experience frequent heat waves and devastating droughts and wildfires (opposing viewpoint online collection, 2013). During the 1990s and the first decade of 2000s, many areas in the United States endured record-breaking heat and drought that might be related to global warming trends (Opposing viewpoints-The Environment, 2008). In 2012, severe drought that plagued the wheat belt of the United States caused natural disasters to the ban of watering plants and grass across different states due to lack of water.
If air and water temperatures rise, ice caps and glaciers will melt, causing sea levels to rise as well. As a result, many coastal areas around the world could face severe flooding. Low lying islands in the Pacific Ocean would eventually become inhabitable. Within the past century, sea levels have been rising by four to eight inches worldwide and some experts estimate a possible increase of nineteen inches by 2100 (opposing viewpoints- The Environment, 2008). Some of these effects were felt in 2012 when Super Storm Sandy hit the Eastern coast of the United States, and a typhoon in the Philippines claimed the lives of more than one thousand people and massive destruction of property and infrastructure.
Global warming could also have an impact on habitats. Some areas suited for farming will not be fertile any more to produce food for the growing habitat, leading to deserts with little vegetation. Over long run such changes would result in biodiversity on the planet (opposing viewpoints online collection, 2013). Solution #1: Use of Artificial Trees
Carbon dioxide emission will always be there, what we need to curb is the excess carbon dioxide that plants do need to grow. The idea of finding of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. One way to do this is to grow plants that absorb a lot of carbon dioxide and store it. But although we can certainly improve tree-planting, we also need land to grow food for an increasing global population, so there’s a limit to how much forestry we can fit on the planet.
One of the possible ways to do this is by the use of artificial trees. These are huge metal structures that would take up carbon dioxide gas with the use of engineered plastics (retrieved from BBC, Fake Trees to Clean the Skies, 2012). The chemicals would react with the carbon dioxide in the air to form carbonate precipitates and water. These by-products would then be piped to storage locations. Each synthetic tree could capture up to 10 tons of carbon dioxide a day, which is thousands times more than a real tree.
The trees would have special filters that absorbs carbon dioxide. When the filters have absorbed their load of CO2, they...