It is hard to believe that a collection of human beings can cause destruction to an atmosphere changing the surface temperatures all over the world. Global warming is happening, but the debate between scientists, citizens, and politicians is who is causing it? Fifty years ago we could have questioned this and been skeptical about the findings, but now there is research showing how much of an impact we are putting on species, nature, habitats, and glaciers. Glaciers the sizes of buildings are simply disappearing beneath the ocean. Global warming refers to the recent and ongoing rise in global temperature near the Earth’s surface (Environmental Protection Agency). Greenhouse gases produced by transportation, energy, farming, destruction of forests, and mass industrialization is causing the planet to absorb heat rapidly.
We the humans are the ultimate cause of the global warming and have the chance to reduce our carbon footprint through fighting climate change denial, reducing deforestation, reducing transportation emissions, reducing our dependency on oil and creating alternative energy, using energy more efficiently, more policies for polluters, and educate the entire world on how humans are causing this. The small steps that we make as of right now will build up to a brighter and more efficient future for generations to come. We have the power to make a difference through changing our everyday routines. Our carbon footprints can dramatically be reduced if we make the effort.
The common argument that a climate change denier will make is that the sun is the bigger changing factor in the global temperature rise and not humans. The sun has a eleven year cycle in which the sunspots increase from zero to hundreds across the surface of the sun. This does play a role in global warming because of the increase in carbon dioxide measured in parts per million, but the number of sunspots is not increasing over the past century. Carbon dioxide from greenhouse gases are outweighing the effects from the sunspot cycles that are occurring every eleven years. The major effect that the sunspot cycles causes is a change in weather patterns. Sunspot cycles can not dramatically change the temperature of the Earth while fossil fuels burning can(Goddard Institute for Space Studies).
There is also a growing issue of articles that are claiming that global warming is not caused by human beings. There is a problem with who is supporting these scientists conducting their research. Much of the research is backed by oil tycoons and large corporations that are funding millions of dollars to make sure that global warming is not blamed on them. They use the same techniques that tobacco companies use when they attempt to disprove the health effects of smoking tobacco. Charles and David Koch, owners of Koch Industries, have funded over $67 million over the past 17 years to deny global warming claims (Greenpeace.org). A large piece of that money has been funded in...