In slow, arching spirals snow falls from the blue skies above. Everything seems tranquil, except for one thing; the unnerving fact that the calender falls in June, and that the snow lands on the sandy beaches of Hawaii. "Never mind what you've heard about global warming as a slow-motion emergency that would take decades to play out. Suddenly and unexpectantly the crisis is upon us (Kluger, The Tipping Point 36)."
Although this may sound like something out of a Steven Speilburg film, it would only take about three years for the Earth to completely freeze over (Hartmann, 1) After whirling tornadoes, like Cyclone Larry, killer droughts, and devastating hurricanes, such as the Katrina tragedy, who's to say that the Earth isn't in a bad mood? After all global warming has been steadily changing the world since the Industrial Revolution (Lemonick, Life In the Greenhouse 25). But for the average American, being green doesn't mean that much. To influence change people need to know how bad Global Warming really is, why it's happening, what it effects, and of course, what can we do to slow it down?
To start off we need to know why Global warming is such an issue. According to Lemonick (Life In The Greenhouse, 24), global warming is the "long term shift in [worldwide] temperature change." A long-term temperature change could be anything. Its often hard to tell whats a global temperature disaster and whats just a local climate flucuation. But the low-down is this: when the earth's done re-adjusting the climate it'll make the coldest places hot, and the hottest places will burn. This is most evident in the one degree increase of global temperature in the past one hundred years (Lemonick, Life In The Greenhouse 25). If you were falling out of your seat before, and now you've relaxed then don't. Sure one degree increase in a whole century doesn't look so bad, but for global average that means something different. Picture it this way: for the numbers world-wide to rise one...
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