The simple answer would be, yes. Yes, the society should act now to halt global warming. Over the last few decades, irrefutable evidence has come to light, that global warming is indeed happening. This is no more evident than the stance taken by both sides of this argument. While Nicholas Stern’s review suggests a hard stance to combat global warming, the Bush Administration does not refute global warming either. To put both reports into context, the opponents (Bush) published their report in 2002, nearly four years before the proponents (Stern) came out with their review. Four years might not seem a lot on the global scale of things, but with the advent of better technologies and new research, Global warming has moved from just abstract to the very real. Warm Weather
The results of global warming are all around us. The US, one of the largest producers of green house gases, has experienced from 1998 to 2007, 25 of the warmest years on record. Although this in itself does not appear to be too much of a bad thing (who would consider it bad after the cold spell we are having), this is an ominous sign that all is not well with our planet. More recent studies show that our planet might warm up by about 3o to 5o in this century. The polar icecaps, according to NASA, are melting at a furious rate of 9 percent per decade. Imagine all this ice, turning into water. According to some estimates, the sea level will increase 3.5 to 34.6 inches by the year 2100 (International Panel on Climate Change). This is more than enough to partially inundate some of the largest cities of the world. If we think the picture is ominous, consider this: Greenland holds around 10 percent of the total ice mass of the world. If it were to melt, the sea levels could rise by as much as 21 feet. Considering that 70 percent of the population of the world lives in coastal regions, this is indeed disturbing. The rise in temperature and the consequent rise in sea level is a result of...
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