Monday, February 19, 2007

Day 8 - Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Problem Solution Outline

I. Intro

A. “There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.” Linda Hogan
B. Global Warming – the planet is warming up
C. Winters are becoming warmer, glaciers are thinning, ocean temps rising
D. People – burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests
E. Global Warming is a problem in today’s world. If nothing is done, the situation will get worse and it could ruin our planet for good.

II. Body

A. Evidence:
a. Overall trend in the world is that winters are becoming warmer. Greenland’s massive ice sheet is shrinking. Glaciers in Antarctica are thinning. Ice the size of small states is breaking away from the Arctic and Antarctica. Average temps in Antarctica have risen 0.2 degrees Celsius in the last 150 years. There is hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica.
B. Evidence
a. Ocean temperatures are rising which is causing 50% more tropical storms than in 1970. This is also causing the oceans to expand and the sea level to rise. The sea level has risen 6-8 inches in the last 100 years.
C. Contributing Factors
a. People are omitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and other natural gases. The amount of greenhouse gases are causing the earth to stay heated and melting massive ice caps which in turn, raises ocean levels. Land Fills are also adding to greenhouse gases by producing methane.
D. Contributing Factors
a. Deforestation is also causing global warming because cutting down trees keeps more carbon dioxide in the air. Increased agriculture is also a contributing factor because it is one of the leading producers of greenhouse gas emissions.

III. Conclusion

A. Global Warming is a problem that is occurring around us everyday. The average temperature of the earth is rising, along with ocean temps, and the sea level. People are to blame for this. We are releasing too many greenhouse gases by burning fossil fuels. We are destroying our earth, our only home, by cutting down forests.
B. There is a solution to this problem though. And something must be done before it is too late and human kind ends up dead. First, people at home need to heat and cool their homes smartly. People at home also need to reduce, reuse, and recycle. People in businesses need to improve energy efficiency by buying renewable energy. All people, to help save our planet, should use public transportation as much as possible, keep your car tuned, save electricity, and plant trees. It is not to late to start cleaning up our planet now, but if we wait long enough, it could be.

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