Climate Change by Andrea C. Nakaya

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For example, in 2010, according to NOAA’s most recent statistics, 39 percent of the US population lived in counties directly on the shoreline. The rising sea will destroy these coastal communities and important ecosystems, such as estuaries. It could also contaminate groundwater supplies with saltwater and threaten landfill and hazardous-waste sites located at the coast. While destruction from rising sea levels is a future threat for many coastal communities, in some places that destruction is already occurring.

Ralph Keeling, “‘Dangerous Territory’: Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Milestone,” NPR, May 10, 2013. org. 62 13. Quoted in Fiona Harvey and Graham Readfearn, “Big Business Funds Effort to Discredit Climate Science, Warns UN Official,” Guardian (London), September 20, 2013. com. 14. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, “Global Climate Change: Consensus,” 2013. gov. 15. E. Kirsten Peters, The Whole Story of Climate: What Science Reveals About the Nature of Endless Change. New York: Prometheus, 2012, pp.

Many scientists insist that plants grow better with higher levels of carbon dioxide, and these scientists have conducted numerous experiments to prove it. In a 2013 Wall Street Journal editorial one group of scientists states, “[Carbon dioxide is] a key component of the biosphere’s life cycle. ”50 They point out that worldwide agricultural yields have increased substantially in the past century. While some of that is due to improvements in farming, it is “Numerous studies also due to the fact that carbon dioxide conducted on hundreds levels have increased.

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