Scientific Proof for Claims that Global Warming is Groundless The average temperature increase due to the greenhouse effect on the earth’s surface is known as global warming. Heat entrapment around the earth’s atmosphere leads to the greenhouse effect. This entrapment is manly facilitated by greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere from several sources both natural and anthropogenic. The gases include carbon dioxide and ammonia. Combustion of fossil fuels, industrial discharges and deforestation are the main sources of the harmful gases among others. “Earths temperatures in the recent times have exponentially increased leading to several effects such as melting of ice caps, unpredictable weathers and sea rise.”63 In recent times, there have been speculations and claims that argue strongly against the idea that global warming exist, terming it as groundless. Several researches have been conducted to find the basis of it all. Over the years, there have emerged scientific proofs supporting global warming as an existing fact whose effects can be felt and has been felt worldwide ever since the industrial evolution. “One of the proofs evident today is the significant rise in sea levels over the past 100 years.”66 Effects of temperatures on flora and fauna are also evident not forgetting melting icecaps and glaciers in some parts of Antarctica and Greenland. Several critics, however, have also come forward calling climate change a hoax attributing it to bad politics and an excuse for financial gains (Bell and Larry, 2011). With these are also some scientific proofs they have used to defend their answers. Their first argument is that having emerged from a little ice age period in the 19th century, it would be worrying if the world didn’t get warmer with time. They however fail to specify the expected rates of warming over time and fail to address the issue of increased warming. Secondly, they question the fact that the earth is warming dangerously arguing that the earth was warmer in the 7000 years of the past 10,000 years as compared to today and that no one has specified the right amount of global heat as yet. Thirdly, as to the causes of global warming, they attribute to water vapor as the leading cause of the greenhouse effect, which makes them wonder why it hasn’t been regulated while carbon dioxide is. They further question the fact that human beings are responsible for the phenomena. Fourthly, they borrow from fact that human beings thrive more in warmer areas than colder ones. There is likelihood therefore that the earth’s warming has been less than indicated by some official records due to various reasons: “few long term records of the fact that 71 percent of the earth is covered by water; ceasing arbitrarily to include northern latitudes and high elevations measurements and the decline in weather reports after the soviet government’s fall from Siberia’s weather stations.”98 They also tend to show that accurate temperature measures come from satellites and have shown minor and insignificant fluctuations or net change in earth’s temperature. Last but not least is the critic’s argument that carbon dioxide may not be responsible at all in affecting global warming. In history, there hasn’t been a correlation between carbon dioxide concentrations on the earth’s surface and global temperatures and that significant sequences followed the two variations. This simply means that cause can never follow effect. Lastly, the question the fact of a changing climate, arguing that in history of the earth, changes in climate have always occurred and always will(Bell and Larry, 2011). In conclusion, Supporters of the idea that global warming is real may question the claims and evidence provided based on the evidence provided by past event (Inhofe, 2012).It is however a subject requiring more research.
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