Global Warming is it a Genuine Threat?
Regardless of the synonyms we use to describe the situation, there remains little doubt and skeptism in acknowledging the gravity that surrounds the frightening phenomenon of global warming. In the quest of acquiring insatiable economic benefits Mankind has brought the future of this entire planet on the brink of a highly catastrophic ecological disaster that haunts us in the form of melting polar ice caps and prolonged droughts and famines.
Even though the tangible existence of this intimidating process still oscillates in the middle of yes and no, but with the help of this discussion we will try to establish a point by taking a firm stance in the advocacy of this phenomenon and the adverse repercussions it can have on global environment through the development of a balanced and disinterested perspective.
The Bona Fide Existence of Global Warming
To put in simplest terms global warming is nothing different to a Frankenstein monster, a creature that has been created by Man with a perception that it could control, but it seems that things have long gone out of our way as this monster takes a highly unprecedented form and threatens the existence of the very form who brought it into inception.
The question that rises here is that who actually gave birth to this ‘GloWarm’ monster. Who actually nourished it? Who provided it the very opportunities and incentives which facilitated and enhanced its formation? It has been Man himself. It has been Man who actually nourished and cultured the germination of this entire process, in the form of over-exploitation of resources, ruthless deforestation, uncontrolled emission of toxic gases into the environment such as Carbon Dioxide and Sulphur Dioxide, destruction of natural habitats and dumping of contaminated waste into rivers and lakes.
All to achieve an economic status that founded irrevocable and unfavorable ramifications on the very environment that made him capable enough to conduct this unbalanced and fleetingly existent concept of development. With the ignition of the warming engine, uncontrolled and rampant rise in its temperature was recorded over a large span of time at various places of the planet.
This increase of temperature was mainly contributed by the relentless release of toxic greenhouse gases and excessive usage of materials such as Chloro Floro Carbons (CFCs) and aerosols are considered as prime agents in the depletion of Ozone layer that prevents harmful radiations like the ultraviolet rays to penetrate the surface of the Earth. The shock waves of the GloWarm quake reverberate in the form of eye-diseases such as cataracts and increased droughts and floods which in turn beget to the creation of more deserts. (Maslin, 2007)
The Myth of Global Warming
By reading the details mentioned above anyone can easily deduce that with such a bleak present and no-getting better future, the end of the world is near, for speculative purposes something close to 2012 would be acceptable. Funny it may sound but the scary story mantras related to global warming and the extinction of the planet have been drummed for a long time but it does seem today that it is nothing more than a carefully and ingeniously orchestrated environmental stunt similar to the nature of 1969 Apollo 11 mission to Moon. One of the foremost reasons dubbing this entire environmental demon a myth is that the increasing of temperature and the concomitant rise in warming process is mainly due to human activity which is a complete lie.
The climate of our Earth has always experienced and undergone various climatic changes which have resulted in some exceptional climatic events which could not be explained scientifically or at a meteorological level; one famous example of this is the taking place of snowfall in the desert encircled areas of the Middle East, just because there was no logical or rational explanation to justify this event the debris was all dumped on the so called warming up of Earth.
This event vindicates the intensity through which such episodes can trickledown despite of the fact that they are based on false indoctrination and simultaneously make us forget some fundamental facts such as that Greenland was named so because its green coasts, now since these green coasts are no more there and any rational explanation does not rationalize this situation so should we blame it entirely on global warming as well?? (Leroux, 2007)
Another similar terrorizing story interpreted synonymous to global warming is the greenhouse effect in which the iniquitous role played by Carbon dioxide on environmental sustenance is analyzed. Prominent astrophysicist of Harvard University Sallie Baliaunas says that increase in the percentage of carbon dioxide is on the contrary beneficial as it will allow greater potential for the consumption of Carbon Dioxide for plants which will help in their growth.
In addition to this extension in the duration of warmer winters will provide longer harvest season to farmers and can also prove helpful in bringing an end to the drought prevalent in Sahara Desert. Much of the talk time on media is also being attributed to Kyoto Protocol which has been signed by all countries of the world except United States. (Philliander, 2000)
Advocates of Global Warming support the idea that the signing of this protocol will help in developing sanguine effects on the environment, whereas a large population of experts think otherwise. In their opinion Kyoto impact will be felt on a very limited scale as the United States which is considered to contribute most to the pollution caused all over the world is not included among the signer.
In addition to this measures regarding pumping money and financial investments for the development of energy resources and systems that are based on sustainability principles and conform to resources that can produce energy by making use of renewable means such as air, sun and water but in view of people antagonistic to global warming the entire idea of developing such long-lasting energy reforms are a complete bilge. One of the most developed areas for energy generation is through the utilization of solar energy for ceasing the surging levels of global temperatures.
The futility of the whole concept is expressed through the evidence that EPCOT a theme park with a ride run solely on solar energy is estimated to consume an approximate of 395,000KWh per day, in order to generate substantial energy by solar means thousands of acres of solar panels will have to be constructed to produce that much energy.
Even energy produced from wind mills is to a large extent impractical as a large number of these are required for adequate energy production. It must be kept in mind that over 80% of global energy demands are met by the energy produced by fossil fuels. Limiting their usage in any form would decimate and serve as a miserable blow to global economies. (Robinson, 2007)
In totality, this to-be-or-not-to-be mantra has reached to such a level of worthlessness that a prominent British environmentalist Wilfred Beckerman in his interview to magazine Against Nature was forced to acknowledge that after looking and assessing at some of the statistical data on environment I have realized that all my research was fabricated and was nothing more than a sensationalized, scary piece of information that was in support of a highly mythical and skeptically existent phenomenon.
In Defense of Global Warming
Facts, data and information might sound extremely perplexing, but nothing is far from reality. For so much that has been provided anti to global warming, one might have started to believe that the entire phenomenon is undoubtedly a hoax or a media engineered hogwash in the name of frustrating people and provoking another socio-economic crash.
It is often said that there are always three sides of a story, one that supports a single idea, the other which contradicts it and the third is the truth. After assessing two opposite sides of the entire story, I believe it is time for reality check. Many of the evidences that have been presented by people who believe global warming to be nothing but a complete non-sense must shed light on some of the recent statistics that have emerged on the environmental platform.
Disclosed by the United Nations it has been revealed that the percentage of Carbon Dioxide in the environment has increased by a phenomenal 84% over a period of 14 years. The report further accentuates that the pace at which ice caps located in Polar Regions are melting, places like Netherlands, Finland, Northern India and other places situated near to coastal areas experience severe threat of floods and excessive rainfall.
For those who believe that the phenomenon is a new one, it is important to mention here that it was in the year 1827 that the relationship between global warming and greenhouse gases was first developed by Joseph. Likewise, after some years in 1955 it was reported by United States Weather Bureau that reported a rise of 3.6F in temperatures all over the world. Threat clouds surrounding the credibility of global warming were further authenticated in the year 1959 when an article in New York Times claimed that the Arctic ice sheet has lost half of its thickness. (Schneider, 1990)
It was basically the substantiated existence of these facts that aggravated United Nations to provide a fair hearing to the entire issue. U.S government in 1990 released $25billion for the conduction of research projects concerning the formulation of measures that could help in curbing the threats confronted by global warming. It is also being feared that the degenerating environmental graph will also have an adverse effect on the concomitant development of economies of different countries as their financial revenues are estimated to dip by almost 20%. (Gore, 2007)
In that case even the economic foundations of the most powerful and financially stable countries will collapse. The existence and the associated gravity of GloWarm monster can also be justified that environmental organization like American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and National Academy of Sciences (NAS) have unanimously agreed that the world is confronted with a severe ecological crisis and have concurrently admitted that their worst fears about the existence of global warming are indeed true. In a statement that was released by AAAS in the year 2006 said:
"The scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society. Accumulating data from across the globe reveal a wide array of effects: rapidly melting glaciers, destabilization of major ice sheets, increases in extreme weather, rising sea level, shifts in species ranges, and more. The pace of change and the evidence of harm have increased markedly over the last five years. The time to control greenhouse gas emissions is now."(Gore, 2007)
Similarly statement released by NAS further cemented environmentalists worst fears and provided concrete evidence to people who have debunked the very idea and existence of it so far:
"There will always be uncertainty in understanding a system as complex as the world's climate. However there is now strong evidence that significant global warming is occurring. The evidence comes from direct measurements of rising surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures and from phenomena such as increases in average global sea levels, retreating glaciers, and changes to many physical and biological systems. It is likely that most of the warming in recent decades can be attributed to human activities. This warming has already led to changes in the Earth's climate"(Gore, 2007)
In addition to this many multinational organizations in the wake of the highly capricious situation have started to formulate stringent regulations regarding the emission of carbon and GHG from their milling and processing plants. Some of the organizations that have made a difference by taking this initiative include British Petroleum, Shell, Exelon and General Electric along with other companies. (Houghton, 2004)
In conclusion it would be appropriate to say that the evidences and facts provided in the defense of global warming do demonstrate the vicious and ominous nature of the environmental calamity that we are at the verge of encountering. At this stage it is important for governments of different countries, environmentalists and scientists to bury the hatchet regarding the authenticity of global warming and develop a coherent strategy that can be used to weather the extremely GloWarmish situation.