Global warming is an issue that I believe will never completely end because so much has led to it happening. Global warming has grown in importance ever since the industrial era of the United States; now we are facing even more problems as we try to continue the way we are living while using geoengineering to solve our problems. We are creating alternative energy, alternative vehicles and using other alterative means of transportation, but this should have been done a long time ago. Anthropogenic global warming (man-made global warming) holds us responsible for it, and I believe in the theory. Sure we can gradually deminish our carbon footprint levels by reducing our energy usage, but we also have to consider if our reduction will still be enough for future generations.
The release of greenhouse gases into the environment concentrates the heat we recieve from the Sun and makes it harded to dissapate. Over time, this is slowly making the Earth hotter, melting the polar ice caps. As the ice caps melt, sea levels will rise, leading to flooding. The raising temperatures mean that the ocean’s temperature will rise as well, and since hurricanes and tropical storms are fueled by warm ocean water, they will become more intense. Eventually as the world gets warmer, animals that require cool temperatures to survive die out, killing ecosystems. Finally, the Earth will become too hot for humans to survive.
Building on the above answers, as glacial ice continues to disappear, areas dependent on glacial runoff for water will experience severe and sustained water shortages. For instance, half a billion people depend on glacial runoffs from the Himalayas. To take an example within the US, 40% of the supply to the already water-scare southern California could be affected within the next 10-20 years. Ocean acidification and the possible affecting of the thermohaline circulation are two other possible glacier-related effects of climate change.
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