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Anthropogenic Global Warming

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Anthropogenic Global Warming
Scientific Consensus
I.O.P. science, which produces environmental research letters, recently published an article
quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in scientific literature.
Anthropogenic meaning: relating to, or resulting from the influence of human beings on nature
and found that Among papers expressing a position on AGW, an overwhelming percentage 97.2% based on self-ratings endorses the scientific consensus on AGW.

What is Global warming?
The Greenhouse effect. In the past centuries before the industrial revolution, when sunlight passed into our atmosphere it normally, it bounced off the earth and then left the atmosphere. Now since there is increase in gases like water vapor, Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide the temperature is increasing. These greenhouses gas particles in the atmosphere block heat from escaping. They are Long-lived gases that remain semi-permanently in the atmosphere and do not respond physically or chemically to changes in temperature.

Manmade or Not the Earth is Heating up
Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA calculated that in 2014 the world had its hottest year in 135 years of record-keeping. Earlier, the Japanese weather agency and an independent group out of University of California Berkeley also measured 2014 as the hottest on record.
Earth also broke NOAA records set in 2010 and 2005.
The last time the Earth set an annual NOAA cold record was in 1911.

What is the evidence supporting man made global warming?
Based on the comparison of atmospheric samples contained in ice cores and more recent direct measurements, provides evidence that atmospheric CO2 has increased since the Industrial Revolution.
For 650,000 year’s atmospheric carbon dioxide stayed below 320 in parts per million in carbon dioxide levels. That changed around 1950 and in 2014 we were around 400 parts per million in carbon dioxide level.

Why should you care?
Other than the global temperature rise there are many dangers to anthropogenic global warming.
According to IPCC (the intergovernmental panel on Climate Change) under the United Nations, The hazards that will affect people alive today include and aren’t limited to, Risk of death, injury, and disruption to livelihoods, food supplies, and drinking water, in addition to loss of common-pool resources, sense of place, and identity, due to sea-level rise, coastal flooding, and storm surges affecting high concentrations of people, economic activity, biodiversity, and critical infrastructure in low-lying coastal zones and small island developing states.

Rising sea levels
One of the more present dangers is the rising sea level from the melting icecaps. More than 600 million people live in coastal regions that are less than 10 meters above sea level. Unless otherwise noted, each effect assumes a temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) by 2100, a number the IPCC has suggested we are "more likely than not" to exceed, and a sea level rise of 0.5 meters (1.5 feet) by 2100, about the average of all the IPCC's most recent climate scenarios. This is a conservative estimate as other studies have suggested that sea level rise will be much greater if climate change continues unmitigated.

A Business Insider article stated that The Statue of Liberty, Cape Hatteras lighthouse, and the Kennedy Space Center are just a few places that may one day exist only in history books. Due to rising sea levels.

Extreme weather
Risk of mortality, morbidity, and other harms during periods of extreme heat, particularly for urban populations of the elderly, infants, people with chronic ill-health, and expectant mothers. Increasing frequency and intensity of extreme heat (including exposure to the urban heat island effect and air pollution) interacts with an inability of some local organizations that provide health, emergency, and social services to adapt to new risk levels for vulnerable groups
The recent National Climate Assessment found that Category 4 and 5 hurricanes (the strongest) have increased in frequency, intensity, and duration since the 1980s. It's not yet clear how much can be attributed human or natural causes but scientists said the "the trend is projected to continue," and that climate change is not going to help the situation moving forward.

Smog
Scientists project that warmer temperatures from climate change will increase the frequency of days with unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone, a harmful air pollutant, and a component in smog. Because warm, stagnant air tends to increase the formation of ozone, climate change is likely to increase levels of ground-level ozone in already-polluted areas of the United States and increase the number of days with poor air quality. [1] If emissions of air pollutants remain fixed at today's levels until 2050, warming from climate change alone could increase the number of Red Ozone Alert Days (when the air is unhealthy for everyone) by 68% in the 50 largest eastern U.S. cities. [1]
What can you do?

Now you might think this problem is too big for one person to possible make a difference but it’s not too big for our government. The only problem is our government doesn’t accept the overwhelming scientific consensus on Climate change. Out of eleven of the GOP 2016 Candidates only one, Chris Christie, admitted to recognizing the effects of Global warming. We need to get our policy makers to recognize that the problem is real and dangerous.

Fred Upton
Immediate action you can take is by contacting our current climate denier representative Republican Congressman for Kalamazoo’s district in Michigan and chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Fred Upton.
Recently interviewed by the Kalamazoo gazette he is quoted "We've experienced climate change for a long time, highs and lows. We had the coldest winter ever last winter. There was a report out that the Great Lakes are six degrees below what they were a year ago. I don't know that climate scientists can really predict where we're headed."
In 2011, the Los Angeles Times called Fred Upton “one of the biggest threats to planet Earth on planet Earth.”

Contact Your Congressman
To contact your Congressman and to make your voice herd try any one of these options
269-385-0039 Kalamazoo office
202 225-3761 dc office
upton.house.gov

If you go tobarackobama.com/climate-change-deniers/fred-upton-michigan/
you can click a link that sends this email to him
Dear Rep. Fred Upton,
The evidence of climate change is overwhelming -- and the science is clear. 97% of climate scientists agree that it is real and man-made. The latest National Climate Assessment states that climate change "has moved firmly into the present." It's already impacting communities across the country in the form of more frequent and severe weather like droughts, storms, floods, heat waves, and wildfires.
Climate change is linked to an increase in asthma attacks in kids, and we're already paying the price for our inaction rebuilding from disasters. We can't afford to do nothing.
Everyone from the Pope to the Pentagon is calling climate change a threat that needs to be addressed, so I'm asking you to stop denying the basic science of climate change, and act now to protect our children, our families, and our communities.

Sincerely, _____________
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