Rising Water & Global Warming

Our Earth is warming up way too fast. The ocean water is beginning to change, which is causing glaciers to melt. This is a huge problem that we never thought we would have to deal with anytime soon. Two scientists measured a sample of water near the bottom of the sea floor and it reported temperatures of 40 degrees. This proves that water is able to melt glaciers rapidly from below. The temperature reading can answer one of the most pressing and most widely debated questions facing humanity: How fast is the world’s ice going to melt? This is happening a lot faster than expected. Scientists believed that the huge ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica would take thousands of years, but now researchers are shocked to see big changes unfold in both Greenland and Antarctica. Scientists now say that the sea level is likely to rise perhaps three feet by 2100. Other calculations show levels rising over 6ft, which would put current coastlines under water and would probably displace hundreds of millions of people in Asia. This is going to cause coastal flooding of the sort that now happens once or twice a century to occur every few years. It would cause much faster erosion of beaches, barrier islands, marshes and would contaminate fresh water supplies with salt. This change is going to be devastating.
Melting ice is not the only sign that the earth is warming up. Thermometers on land, in the sea and aboard satellites show warming. Heat waves, flash floods and other extreme weather events are increasing really fast. We see plants that are blooming earlier, coral reefs are dying, and many other changes are occurring that most scientists relate to global warming. I personally see a change in snow versus rain where I live. I moved to PA in 2001 and all we had was snow, snow, snow. Now 9 years later, we only have ice and rain. It doesn’t snow like it used too. I think global heating is a very serious problem and it’s causing a lot of problems for the future. The rise of the sea could turn out to be the single most serious effect. No country has planned to fix this! This is a threat that we are going to have to deal with as soon as possible. Unfortunately, scientists still don’t have all of the data they need to get a more accurate reading of what can really happen. All they know is that we are going to see major costal changes and populations displacement.
I find all of this alarming. I know people constantly debate if there is global warming, but quite frankly, I don’t see how people don’t believe it. This is real. It’s happening as we speak and our population continues to add to this. I believe in our generation, we are going to see a huge change in going green. For once, Earth is more important than our own lives. If ice sheets can disappear over night, then I’m scared. I can’t imagine Charlotte becoming a beach again! One of my favorite beaches (Wilmington) will be gone. What can we do to stop this? Will you do something to stop this?

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One Response to Rising Water & Global Warming

  1. Molly Warren says:

    First things first, we got record snowfall last winter. Just throwing that out there. And yes, I do believe that the Earth’s average temperature is increasing. I see that evidence. What I do not believe is that it is all a human-created problem. The Earth’s average temperature isn’t something that’s known to be consistent, and considering we’ve been releasing greenhouse gases since the first industrial revolution around 160 years ago, it’s hard to believe that 160 years of pollution can have a huge effect on climate cycles that have been going on for millions of years.

    I think pollution has gotten out of hand. I think we need to do more on the small-time consumer scale to increase energy efficiency and decrease waste, material usage, and need for new materials. But it’s hard to convince me that the reason summers are hotter and winters are colder is because too much carbon is being emitted.

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