Global warming: No one is safe from the silent killer

By Megan Pellegrino
February 1, 2007

Each year it seems as though the winters become milder and the summers are unbearable. This thought is not just a figment of your imagination. The problem is known as global warming.

Global warming is the quickest, most realistic way all living races will become extinct. There are signs all around us that global warming exists today, and yet many people are skeptical and feel that the end of the world would be more realistic if a giant meteor hit earth, or if the sun exploded, not the human race putting the whole race of living creatures to extinction.

Scientists in the United States have confirmed beyond doubt that the climate changes and all the other effects of global warming are caused solely by human activity. Many of the actions done on an everyday basis, for example burning coal, gas and oil, are depleting the ozone layer. This makes us completely vulnerable to the sun’s powerful UV rays.

At this point you may be skeptical in believing whether global warming is a small myth in order to save the planet and correspond to Earth Day, but here are some facts to back up that global warming is here today and will effect our lives greatly, and maybe even end the lives of the next generation that may never exist.

First, the number of category four and five hurricanes have almost doubled in the past 30 years. I think all of us can relate to this not by looking at the past 30 years, but just in the past year. For example, take the last season of hurricanes. There were five major hurricanes, Dennis, Emily, Katrina, Rita and Wilma, that affected the Gulf and Atlantic coasts alone in the year 2005.

Secondly, the sea levels are rising at a rapid pace. We can see this through the speeds that the ice glaciers are moving. From the high temperatures, the average speed of ice glaciers has more than doubled and the sea levels rose more than 20 feet in the past decade. Now 20 feet may not sound like much to the average person, but when the 20 feet is constantly being doubled and the time it takes to double the number is cut in half, the rise in sea level happens extremely rapidly.

By now, those who are skeptical are probably questioning and thinking that there is no need to be afraid of global warming, because they are not in a hurricane zone or the sea levels will not effect them because they are living in the middle of a large continent and are safe by land. The worst to come for them is that their grandchildren may end up having a beach in Kansas.

Those who are safe within their land environment are not safe from the next aspect that global warming brings about us. The causes of global warming bring out deaths and diseases.

Malaria has spread to a higher altitude, is no longer in the sea level lands, but has reached areas on the mountains and others that are thousands of feet above sea level. The number of deaths from diseases like Malaria can be expected to triple over the next generation.

Global warming is a serious issue that has been killing us for almost the past century. We cannot hide from this issue. No single human is eliminated from global warming. It affects every single human and living creature.

Something needs to be done about this suicidal actions human kind are putting on themselves. We cannot change the damages but we can slow them down. At this point we are in a rapid cyclone motion towards extinction.

So what are you going to do to wrestle down global warming, the silent killer?

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