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Increase in the average temperature of the Earth's near-surface air and oceans since the mid-20th century and its projected continuation.

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It's not about who's causing it, it's about admitting it exists.

  • Dec 16, 2008
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To me, the debate over global warming should be over. If you are hesitant to admit that human beings have a large role in enhancing global warming, then you need to rethink your argument, in my opinion. Personally, I believe that we need to acknowledge that global warming exists and is happening. Whether you want to admit that it's our fault as humans, however, is up to you.

I was raised in a very conservative school district in Southern California where we barely learned about sexual education and evolution. However, I can remember being taught about global warming as early as 6th grade, so for me it's always been a fact.

Now, some things happen in nature whether or not humans have a role (ice ages, volcanic eruptions, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc). But that doesn't mean we don't take steps to reduce their effects, just because we personally don't create them (a human being can't alone start a tornado). We build stronger buildings, enact laws that force developers to use more earthquake-resistant materials in construction, and take many more measures to prevent the loss of life and property in the event of any natural disaster. 

Global warming should be approached similarly. Even if the earth is getting warmer on its own due to natural causes, we should still do things to reduce the effects on humans and other life. Would you want to be living on earth 200 years from now when sea levels have risen and flooded Manhattan, Venice, Bangladesh, and countless other spots? Considering 90% of the earth's population lives in very close proximity to the world's oceans, I don't think rising sea levels would paint a pretty picture.

Even admitting that humans are causing, or accelerating, global warming is not an admission of failure. It just means we, as humans, can do better in the technologies we use to produce the things we love. Sometimes I learn a Chopin waltz that's relatively easy. I know I can do better, so the next time I might learn a sonata instead. It's not that I failed at the waltz, I just wanted to move up the next time.

Anyhow, that's just my take on global warming. Stop fighting over who or what's causing it and just acknowledge it exists and take steps from there to protect ourselves and  future generations of humans, plants, and animals alike.

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June 17, 2009
I'm torn here. I have a background in physics and math, was raised Catholic, so I like to think I know something about the difference between belief and fact. Ones belief in something doesn't designate it as a fact. If something is a fact, it can't be considered a belief, but rather a truism. Your "take on gobal warming" talks about belief, "Personally I believe..." when the statement could be better suited as "Scientific evidence shows that temperatures are rising globally. Here's what we know:" and maybe state some facts or links to some. I'm not sure if there's a real argument for whether or not the earth is warming. It is. However, what people miss is whether or not there's a Human link to that warming trend. That leads me to the second half of your "take". The logic of humans using preventative measures to survive earthquakes and tornadoes doesn't follow similarly to what is being proposed around the world. By the similarity approach you propose, instead of driving my car less, building and buying a more fuel efficient car, or turning off my A/C or heater when it's not necessary, your similarity argument says I should put more/better sunblock on. If I'm trying to survive an earthquake that I know will happen regardless of human effect, I build a better structure just in case I get trapped in side. I want to get out. Similarly, if the earth is warming without human effect and I want to survive it, I move to higher ground, adapt to warmer weather or move to a cooler environment where I know it won't heat up as fast. Lastly, "admitting humans" are that cause is exactly what the global fear campaign about human made global warming affects wants us to do. Sure, as good citizens its in our best interest both environmentally and economically to do things as efficiently as possible, but we as citizens should be making that call based on information, facts and evidence IN ADDITION to how we respond in the market place. Global governments only impose on our freedoms as humans. We need to be more informed as individuals and decide for ourselves if the facts presented to us are legit. Unfortunately we've grown so accustomed to having our lives run by others while we get lost in technology that we as a global society have forgotten how to critically think and determine whether information fed to us on CNN and MSNBC is valid. We just take their words as fact... when, in fact, they are beliefs their producers are trying to entertain us with. I read this speech by Congressman Paul and felt a little relieved: http://www.peacefreedomprosperity.com/?p=1464 Somewhere there are critical thinkers among us. Thanks for firing me up. :-D
 
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review by . December 19, 2008
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Global warming is a problem we can't ignore. There are so many little things that we can do to help, yet it seems that nobody is listening to the suggestions being given. I believe that the biggest tool we can use to fight global warming today is education. Many people just aren't aware of the things they can do in their own lives, in their own homes, to combat this threat.    There are many simple things you can do in your daily life - what you eat, what you drive, how …
review by . December 19, 2008
Climate change...right? I mean you give it a jazzy new name and you can market is so much better, no? Its kinda like cooking your favorite dish and you realize your kitchen gets sooo hot because the oven is sooo high. You have the option of turning down the heat or getting out of the kitchen.    It relates to climate change in that we can turn down the heat by finding, enacting, solutions we know to help with the change in our climate or we can get out of the kitchen by running …
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Global warming is the increase in the average temperature of the Earth's near-surface air and oceans since the mid-20th century and its projected continuation.

Global surface temperature increased 0.74 ± 0.18 °C (1.33 ± 0.32 °F) during the 100 years ending in 2005.[1][2] The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that most of the temperature increase since the mid-twentieth century is "very likely" due to the increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations.[3][2] Natural phenomena such as solar variation and volcanoes probably had a small warming effect from pre-industrial times to 1950 and a small cooling effect from 1950 onward.[4][5] These basic conclusions have been endorsed by at least 30 scientific societies and academies of science,[6] including all of the national academies of science of the major industrialized countries.[7][8][9] While individual scientists have voiced disagreement with these findings,[10] the overwhelming majority of scientists working on climate change agree with the IPCC's main conclusions.[11][12]

Climate model projections indicate that global surface temperature will likely rise a further 1.1 to 6.4 °C (2.0 to 11.5 °F) during the twenty-first century.[3] The uncertainty in this estimate arises from use of differing estimates of future greenhouse gas emissions and from use of models with differing climate sensitivity. Another uncertainty is how warming and related changes will vary from region to ...

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