Global Warming = Environment Change

By: Dennis Kim

Introduction

Hello. In this flyer, you will get to see how global warming is changing our environment.

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What is Global Warming?

Global warming is the rapid increase in Earth's average temperature. This is due to greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere by people burning fossil fuels.

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Rising Sea Level

As you can see, the sea levels had increased by 17 centimeters in the past century. But now it is getting worse. In the past decade, the sea levels doubled. This can cause environment changes by flooding areas and putting places in droughts, so human/animal migration can happen. As you can see in the photo, the Republic of Maldives is very vurnerable to rising sea levels.

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Environment Change

Global warming modifies rainfall patterns and meteorologists can't predict what's going to happen to the area. It also amplifies coastal erosion.

Warming of the Earth can cause the melt of ice caps and glaciers and alter the ranges of some infectious diseases. The sad part is, it is already happening. :(

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Human/Animal Migration

Global warming has also caused human/animal migration. Butterflies, foxes, and alpine plants (etc.) migrated north for cooler areas.

People migrated north due to droughts, floods, and rising sea levels.

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What are People Doing To Help Aid In Global Warming?

Researchers Stephen Pacala and Robert Socolow at Princeton University said that with the technology being created, we could do something called "Stabilization Wedges." What that basically means is they should use the technology to reduce the GHG emissions from a variety of sources other than relying on an enormous change in a single area. They suggest 7 wedges that could each reduce emissions, and all of them could hold a large amount of emission for the next 50 years.

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