Megan asked in EnvironmentGlobal Warming · 5 years ago

Why global warming is NOT a serious issue?

Example: It would take and extremely long time for the extreme effects of global warming to take place (as stated in my geography textbook).

I am not looking for reasons why it isn't real, or why it's a hoax or anything like that. Just why we don't need to worry about it.

(I am not using my geo textbook as a resource because my teacher does not let the textbooks leave the classroom.)

Update:

I need answers to this because it is in my geography work package.

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  • Trevor
    Lv 7
    5 years ago
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    Megan,

    Global warming has it’s good and bad side, for the purposes of your question you could focus on the positives and ignore the negatives. Here’s 20 advantages of global warming…

    • Many plant and animal species thrive in warmer conditions.

    • Changing weather patterns have brought increased rainfall to previously drought prone areas. Conversely, some areas that were susceptible to flooding now receive less rainfall.

    • The melting of permafrost, particularly in Siberia, has opened up extensive tracts of new land. In Siberia a million square kilometres of previously frozen ground now provides potential for agricultural and farming land.

    • In countries with cooler climates the warmer conditions are more conducive to human health and reduce instances of hypothermia and other cold related conditions.

    • Warmer conditions now enable farmers to plant crops earlier in the year, similarly they are also being harvested earlier. In some places, most notably the tropical and equatorial regions, it is now possible to obtain two harvests a year in areas that previously only produced one.

    • As the climate warms it has enabled forestry companies to plant trees at higher altitudes. Trees don’t grow well in cold climates but nowadays treelines are some 50 metres higher than they were previously.

    • For the same reasons as above, farmers are now able to utilise higher altitude land as pasture for their livestock.

    • Warmer conditions mean that in general, we use less power to heat our homes and offices. Good for the environment and good for our bank balances.

    • Manufacturers of seasonal products and services have seen sales increase. Everything from toy buckets and spades to sunscreen to pairs of shorts and barbecue sets.

    • In some places glaciers are now melting all year round, previously during the winter season they stopped melting. This has brought reliable water supplies to communities living further down the mountainsides. Millions of people in Asia have benefited from this.

    • The scientific study of climate change has greatly expanded our understanding of atmospherics and this has brought benefits to a wide range of other sciences, from weather forecasting to space missions.

    • With temperatures in parts of Antarctica rising rapidly this has opened up the possibility of utilising the land for agricultural purposes. Grass has started growing in some places, in time it’s possible that crops could be planted.

    • The northwest passage opened up to shipping enabling vessels to sail unhindered around the north of Canada thus significantly reducing journey distances and times. The northeast passage (northern sea-route) around the top of Russia may also be fully opened, until recently any vessels had to follow an ice-breaker, today this isn’t necessary.

    • As the climate warms there is less need to fell trees for firewood, this in itself is good for the environment and slows down the onset of global warming.

    • The need to reduce emissions has provided an incentive to adopt alternative fuels and power sources leading to technological advances and a more extensive use of clean, renewable energy. This reduces pollution as a whole and helps to conserve finite resources such as oil and gas.

    • Many economies have benefited, especially those that have adopted greener technologies. For example, the Japanese car manufacturers are now the global leaders because the worldwide demand is for more fuel-efficient vehicles, something that the likes of Toyota identified years ago and so adapted to.

    • Less snowfall and icy conditions has resulted in fewer road traffic accidents and fewer injuries arising from trips and falls. There are also less costs involved with clearing roads, spreading salt and grit etc.

    • The Arctic sea-ice has, and is, receding to record low levels and thus makes it easier for oil exploration and extraction in this part of the world. The Russians recently planted their flag on the Arctic sea-bed and laid claim to this territory; although this was more symbolic than anything else.

    • Similarly, with half the world’s glaciers having melted this has revealed hitherto inaccessible mineral deposits.

  • Maxx
    Lv 7
    5 years ago

    Because the small amount of warming that happened around the year 1999 was well within the range of natural variability and there is simply no evidence that it was caused by human activity. And the world has not warmed for more than 18 years.

  • 5 years ago

    You are right. Global warming will not really cause problems for another 35 years. There are many more pressing issues which affect us TODAY. Those issues include generating quality jobs, national security, the national deficit, immigration, and terrorist threats. Those are the issues people are really concerned about.

  • Mike
    Lv 7
    5 years ago

    The planet has been warming naturally for centuries. Warming from CO2 is small compared to that warming. The large amounts of warming only comes from assuming that the 1.2C that comes from a doubling of CO2 will be amplified by feedbacks, when it is more likely Nature will moderate the feedbacks.

    On top of that, a moderate amount of warming will lead to more arable land and higher crop yields.

    Also, one contradiction frequently ignored: to get higher amounts of warming requires more Co2 emitted, and this means you have more energy production, and really more economic growth. This economic growth means that you are better able to adapt to the impacts of global warming, like sea level rise.

    This is especially true for poor countries, where most of the emissions are going to come from in coming decades.

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  • BB
    Lv 7
    5 years ago

    Predicted storm intensity simply has not happened, no alarming increase in droughts (as has been predicted) and no alarming Arctic melting have occurred. Climate Doom models have failed dismally, unless you are/were on the receiving end of the $Billions of Taxpayer grants footing the bill for them.

    Bottom line.....Taxpayers get scammed again.....just like we did with the "Ethanol is going to save the World" boondoggle.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Because its not caused by man

  • S
    Lv 7
    5 years ago

    some effects are already here. droughts and stronger storms. arctic melting leading to tensions.

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