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Is Global Warming Real or Not

Mahnoore Hamid
Professor Studdard
ENGL 1302
December 26, 2018
Is Global Warming Real or Not?
Global warming is an issue that is currently faced by the entire planet, humanity needs to
consciously tackle it in order to save the species and the planet from destruction. Global
warming, which is also called the greenhouse effect, is a subject that has acquired much attention
among media and government institutions in the recent years. However, many among the
population are not aware of climate changes as an impactful event among out modern times.
Global warming has impacted many livelihoods of people living in different areas and its effects
are accelerating due to human activities that contribute to global climate change. The growth of
the population has its demands and increased use of fossil fuels means of manufacturing and
processing. All of these are factors in increased emissions into the atmosphere which in turn
increases global warming.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Gases that trap heat in the
atmosphere are called greenhouse gases. But how strongly do they impact the atmosphere? Some
gases are more effective than others at making the planet warmer and ‘thickening the Earth’s
blanket.’ Gases with a higher GWP absorb more energy, per pound, than gases with a lower
GWP, and thus contribute more to warming Earth” (Environmental Protection Agency). The
Global Warming Potential (GWP) was developed to allow comparisons of the global warming
impacts of different gases. “Tropical deforestation, also by human hands, is another major
contributor to global warming. When these forests are burned, they release huge amounts of
carbon into the atmosphere and in addition, because the forest no longer exists, they are no
Mahnoore Hamid
Professor Studdard
ENGL 1302
December 26, 2018
longer available to absorb CO2” said the Union of Concerned Scientists (Union of Concerned
Scientists). The burning of fossil fuels for energy and transportation, such as coal, natural gas,
and oil are the actions that produce the most carbon dioxide. Over the years, the ration of heavy
to light carbon atoms has decreased while the overall amount of CO2 has increased. This
information basically tells scientists that fossil fuel emissions are the largest contributor of
atmospheric CO2 concentrations since the pre-industrial era. When all the natural and humaninduced climate drivers are compared to one another, the dramatic accumulation of carbon from
human sources is by far the largest climate change driver over the past half century.
The main reason that is impacting and effecting global warming is the growth of human
population and the increased need for resources and modes of productions that are harmful to the
atmosphere and the general environment. The utilization land for shelters, cities, and other forms
of settlements decreases the land that is supposed to harbor plants and trees that are supposed to
balance the state of the air and also promoting the balance within the atmosphere. Modern
manufacturing methods and the demand for processed foods also increase the rate of global
warming due to the un-environments friendly modes of its mass production. According to the
David Suzuki Foundation, “Livestock production accounts for 70 per cent of all agricultural land
use, occupies 30 per cent of the planet’s land surface and is responsible for 18 per cent of
greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide” (David Suzuki Foundation). As global
meat consumption increases so does its climate impact.