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DR. TARA WEISS
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE ESSAYS
SPRING, 2004

Skuratov Zaur
ESL 91
Spring, 2004

Dear Senator Clinton.

I’m writing you on behalf of Kingsborough Community College to tell you that we need to take action on Global Warming. It is very important and we need to take it seriously. It will affect a lot of lives, including mine too. We have to stop thinking about money and start thinking about our future and our children’s future, how it will affect them. We learned from scientists that “1997 was the hottest year in the record.” Our climate is changing all the times, however we can’t feel it because human beings can adapt to any kinds of climate changes. The statistics show that for the past 100 years Earth has warmed by about one degree. It is not good for us or for the earth, even though it sounds silly, but that one degree can make a big difference in life of the whole earth. According to Henry Hengeveld, Senior Science Advisor on Climate Change, “A warmer world due to human emissions of greenhouse gases will cause the polar regions to warm more than the tropics.” This decreases the temperature differences between the poles and the equator and reduces the forces that cause the strong westerly winds the flow from west to east in the mid-latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.

Some greenhouse gases occur naturally in the atmosphere, while others result from human activities. Naturally occurring greenhouse gases include water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and ozone. Because of human activities the greenhouse gases traps over 21 times more heat per molecule. That’s why the earth climate changes every year and surface of the earth gets hotter. That is also called The Greenhouse Effect.  The Greenhouse Effect is also important to life on Earth, without it the Earth would be far too cold for us, but we pushing it the other way. And just because of that, many people will suffer. It is happening because human beings stopped respecting our nature. Today we have too many cars and factories that polluting the environment and distorting the ozone layer. The major problem today Rachel Carson (Marine Biologist with the U.S. fish and Wildlife Service, also wrote a book Silent Spring in 1962) says “Every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.” We have chemicals every where, in a fish, reptile, birds, trees, lakes, oceans, even in its own creator man himself. Chemicals are very dangers, and they can lead to many unknown deceases, like cancer and eye diseases such as cataracts. Chemicals destroying our environment and because of them we are one step closer to Global Warming.

Global Warming can cause storm paths to change. This can lead to much stronger storms, flooding, hurricanes and many more other disasters. In January, 2001, the lead experts from all countries in the world met in China to provide up to date information to answer the question about Global Warming. They said that “Global Warming is already happening,” and we can not stop it, however we can slow it down by reducing our pollution. The main way of doing this is by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  However, in addition to doing our part by being more energy efficient to ourselves, we need to let industries know that we want them to reduce emissions. For the person who is in politics, it is easer to communicate with a big audience. People always listen what politicians have to say. For industry, it is important to let them know that we want energy efficient products, particularly cars. If will have those products it will be easier for us to breath, and we will have less pollution.

People have to stop acting so indifferent. They need to learn that in order to get you have to give first. The Global Warming is the sickness that we gave our mother nature, and we need to do something about it.

I would like to thank you for reading this later, and I hope that you will take it as seriously as I do.

Yours truly,

Zaur Skuratov.


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