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Facts About Global Warming: What Is the Real Deal?

Global warming is hot topic on everyone minds, but who is responsible for giving us the facts about global warming? How much of what we know are actual facts about global warming and how much is fiction?

With so much information floating around about global warming and from so many sources it is hard for the layperson to truly tease out what is real and what is not. Some tabloids and conspiracy theorists will try to persuade you to believe that the whole global warming topic is some kind of elaborate theory to scare people into believing they are perpetrating a major meltdown of the earth. These wild allegations are not substantiated and the only true theory coming out of that lot is that the earth does go through cycles of warming and cooling. Thus these disbelievers will tell you that there is no such thing as global warming, or that the research out there supporting such a theory is flimsy at best.

Although negating the phenomenon of global warming is both encouraging and a rationale to deny our part as the people of the world to act responsibly to save our planet, all scientists, the true specialists on this topic do agree upon the overwhelming facts about global warming.

Facts about global warming have come through from various scientific investigations and the biggest contributing factor is human intervention stemming from the way we live. Since the Industrial Revolution, we have been releasing fossil fuels within the atmosphere as we rush to create diesel engines for trains, gas and oil for automobiles, electricity power plants, machines operated by fuel, machines operated by electricity, electronics, and telephone and satellite equipments. The rush for modernization from industrial to the information highway has lead us to releasing tons of fossil fuels also known as greenhouse gases within the atmosphere.

The facts about global warming stare us in the face. These fossil fuels, like oil, gas, coal, wood burning for heating or a nice little bond fire for our camping enjoyment is warming our environment as well as our homes. Carbon dioxide is being released and trapped in the earth’s atmosphere warming up our entire planet.

The forests are being cut down to make way for modernization, but these trees also sheltered us from carbon dioxide as they absorbed the earth’s natural supply, now we are losing them as well as we build more homes, and golf courses etc.

We burn our garbage in giant quarries and landfills, and each time we do, we release methane into the air, another greenhouse gas.

In 2005, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, along with 10 other supporting scientific bodies released a document clearly stating, “The scientific understanding of climate change is now sufficiently clear to justify nations taking prompt action. It is vital that all nations identify cost-effective steps that they can take now, to contribute to substantial and long-term reduction in net global greenhouse gas emissions.” (Joint Statement of Science Academies: Global Response to Climate Change [PDF], 2005).

Some people are worried that we as consumer society have become to dependant upon our way of life and that we are not able to give up our gains. They fear that shutting down factories and buying fewer automobiles we lead to mass unemployment and malcontent. This myth could not be farther from the truth. Yes consumers must change their current way of life to secure a better future for our children, but programs are being developed to change our current habits and implement sustainable programs to better our world.

Such programs already in operation such as The Acid Rain program in the United States, reduced the sulfur dioxide emissions by over 30 percent in the 1990’s, not only cleaning the air, but costing the government much less than was anticipated

Restricting other areas of industry to limit their gas emissions would encourage new technological developments in existing and new products on the market. It would also create new jobs and new wealth for the economy.

Another myth circulating is that evolution has provided us with the ability to adapt to planet changes. The facts about global warming tell us otherwise. Many cultures and societies in the past have been wiped out completely because of climate changes. Coastal nations will loss much of their homes and land due to flooding, many cases of new and existing diseases such as skin cancer will surface, and famine will wipe out thousands upon thousands of people because the vegetation and wild life could no longer life in the new climatic conditions.

Another myth widely accepted is that a local weatherperson is rarely accurate on a day-to-day basis, so how can scientists be accurate about the entirely climatic change of the globe? The facts about global warming is based on measured results, as well as future predictions, climate change is reflected over time and is different from weather which can fluctuate from day to day.

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