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NIE "Star Search" op-ed on global warming. By Wesley Richardson of Colonial Forge High School.
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Melting ice causes sea levels to rise and coastal areas of the United States to flood. As a result of food shortages and proliferation of disease, there are outbreaks of violence worldwide as society collapses and governments vainly attempt to contain the chaos. The culmination of these destructive forces leads to upheaval of society and destruction of mankind with as much as half of the world's population perishing.
While this account sounds like a page out of a science-fiction novel, this inconvenient truth is the future result of global warming.
Even today, as sea levels rise and temperatures climb, there are still those who believe global warming is a myth founded exclusively on the bias of corrupt politicians and misguided scientists. This belief is unfounded. Countless scientific studies, from all political and social backgrounds, have all reached the conclusion that global warming is occurring.
Throughout its existence, Earth has cycled through periods of natural warming and cooling. "During ice ages, much of North America was covered in glaciers. Between ice ages, global temperatures have been as high as they are now," claims environmental author Amy Farrar. This being stated, it is not a problem that the Earth warms and cools naturally. However, as Farrar states, "never in human history has Earth warmed up so quickly before and for such an extended period of time."
This anomaly in the natural cycle of Earth's temperature is important because today is the first time that temperatures have been noted to remain above that of the natural cycles.