Authors: Derek Bennett Skinner*, Southern African Geography Teachers Association
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Climatology and Meteorology, Environmental Science
Keywords: Global Warming
Session Type: Paper
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Cleveland 1, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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This paper will discuss evidence from the natural environment that seems to indicate global warming is a reality. Many realize that the latter is definitely happening on a global scale but several skeptics claim that global warming is nothing but a hoax. If the latter is true, why do Universities have entire faculties investigating global warming? Both the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have launched satellites (the former, to accurately determine wind patterns and the latter to monitor waning polar ice packs). If global warming is a fallacy, why spend money launching satellites. In addition, a number of G5 Governments are often vague about whether global warming is a fact of life. However, a 189 page Congressional Report, released in 2014, declared that the impact of global warming can no longer be ignored. Microsoft has recently joined the debate, as many of their coastal installations are regularly flooded due to rising sea levels; triggered by melting ice packs.
Mother Nature has other ideas: Coral reefs are being bleached, 98 percent of leatherback turtle hatchlings are developing into females due to increased sea temperatures. Migratory polar bears often fail to reach their quota of seals before they migrate, pikas in Yellow Stone National Park are moving higher up the mountains to maintain their body temperature below 24 degrees Celsius; to name a few.
Are these examples coincidental? This paper will argue to the contrary.