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Misty Reed

Everest University

12/31/2014

EVS 1001

Instructor Drummond

Global Warming: Which are you Alarmist or Denier?
The debate between whether global climate warming is due to manmade causes or natural ones is an ongoing socio economic and political debate.

This paper will give supporting scientific evidence to both sides of this debate and conclude with my personal opinion and standpoint on this issue.

Pg. 1.

Naturally occurring greenhouse gases are needed to maintain the earth’s temperature at inhabitable levels. Without these greenhouse gases the earth would be too cold for human and most other life forms. Green house gases include Carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and water vapor. However an excessive amount of greenhouse gases can cause earth’s temperature to warm considerably which causes major and occasionally catastrophic changes to weather and wind patterns as well as the severity and frequency of various types of storms.

Global warming caused by human production of greenhouse gases result in an increase of the earths average surface temperature due to these high levels rising of greenhouse gases. The global warming climate is an ongoing political and socioeconomic debate that we have been in for years and years. There are two stand points to this issue. The two parties involved are the “Alarmists” and the “Deniers”. The Alarmists believe humans are the main source of global warming and if we do not do something about it we will eventually cause the destruction of earth. The deniers state that while yes humans do create some greenhouse gases it is not enough to cause the destruction of earth. Which side of this argument are you on? To help me decide which stand point I have chosen I have done research on this topic as well as both sides of beliefs. Here are some scientific evidence that support each side of this debate.

The IPCC is mentioned in one of my evidential support ideas so you need to know that IPCC stands for Intergovernmental panel on climate change. This organization was formed in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programed (UNEP) to provide a comprehensive and objective assessment of scientific, technical, and socio-economic information that could lead to better understanding of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts, and the options for adaption and mitigation.

Scientific evidence that supports the viewpoint that the greenhouse effect of global warming is a naturally occurring issue rather than manmade are as follows…

1) The rate of global temperature is on a decline putting it on the verge of falling beneath even the lowest

projections of virtually all climate change models.

2) The IPCC quotes climate sensitivity numbers (the degrees c per doubling of CO2 which is Carbon dioxide

concentrations) in the 3.5 range. These numbers imply that given the amount of CO2 we have provided

in the past, we should have already seen about 1.5-2.5 c of warming. In actuality we have seen about

0.7 c and all that is probably not likely due to CO2.

3) A Yale study states that more scientifically literate Americans are less frightened of climate change than

their low informative neighbors.

4) Naturally occurring disasters cause a greater and more damaging effect on the earth’s climate than

anything else.

Scientific evidence supporting that global warming is caused by humans….. Pg.2 1) Burning fossil fuels like petroleum and coal produce carbon dioxide by products which emit...
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