How to Write an Essay About Global Warming

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Global warming is without a doubt one of the hot topics for academic essays, particularly in the fields of environmental science and climatology. Global warming is the gradual, upward trend of global average temperatures which, as noted in the 1950s by scientists, appears to be closely related to the dramatic increase in carbon dioxide and methane emissions since the beginning of the American industrial revolution.

The number of potential topics related to global warming seems almost endless, with many possible avenues for original thought and argument. Though the basic fact our world is warming is now considered old news to the scientific community, the causes of global warming and, perhaps more importantly, the effects it will have on our world and society are still being debated.

Over the past twenty years there have been many documentaries and speculative works of fiction produced which include various theories of how global warming will affect our world. From documentaries such as “After the Warming” by noted British reporter James Burke to movies like “The Day After Tomorrow,” the impact of global warming is already being felt in our social and cultural identity in addition to the associated climate changes we are seeing around the world.

Essays on global warming can be very diverse in their topic. Every essay begins with a question indicating what is to be answered or learned from the content of the essay. Some of the questions one might cover under an essay on global warming might be:

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Many scientists cite a buildup of greenhouse gases as being responsible, in part, for the creation of global warming. What are greenhouse gases and how do they relate to global warming? What actions can we, as an advanced society, take to reduce them and/or their associated effects on our environment? *

Some scientists argue that we do not know what is really behind global warming and insist that further research is necessary. Are...
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