The Battle Against Global Warming
For hundreds of years earth has survived catastrophic events, from deadly earthquakes, tsunamis, wars, and even life-ending meteorite clashes, but today nothing can match the impending doom that global warming brings. While this is not new for our planet, more than a million years ago earth had experienced more intense heat but it was never in a span of less than a hundred years, it took thousands of years to achieve such heat but now, that same kind of warming is happening. The difference this time is that it is achieving the boiling point in a much shorter amount of time and at a rapidly increasing pace.
The question is what can be done to reverse the effects of global warming? Many people are wondering if we should we bother at all. This complex issue is being debated by politicians, economists, environmentalists, conservationists and members of the human race who are concerned with the long term effects our impact is having on the earth. Within this paper, I will explore the causes, effects, predictions and remedies to slow down this devastating process.
Understanding the “systems or networks of interactions among interdependent components, and processes or compartments and flows” also helps scientists to develop better ways to combat the problem (Cunningham & Cunningham, 2008). “Finding solutions to environmental problems often involves understanding the factors that shape and regulate natural and social systems (Cunningham & Cunningham, 2008).”
“The elements and compounds that sustain us are cycled endlessly through living things and through the environment (Cunningham & Cunningham, 2008).” The carbon and nitrogen cycles are two of the most important cycles on earth. “Carbon serves a dual purpose for organisms: (1) it is a structural component of organic molecules, and (2) chemical bonds in carbon compounds provide metabolic energy (Cunningham & Cunningham, 2008). When carbon is released from sinks,...