Over the years, the discussion of whether or not global warming is caused by humans or not, has been a great topic to debate. Both sides of the argument have collected plenty of evidence to support their case. It doesn’t matter which side of the argument you are on, something has change so we don’t damage our planet’s ecosystem even more. In this paper, I will discuss both sides of the argument with the data that I have found. I will also talk about, if you believe that humans are the cause of global warming, what we can do to correct global warming.
Before I get into each side of the argument, I want to touch on what exactly global warming is and some of its history. To put the term global warming in a nutshell, it is the warming of the earth’s surface temperature. Throughout time, most people have thought that human actions could and would affect the planet. “For example, ancient Greeks and 19th-century Americans debated how cutting down forests might bring more rainfall to a region, or perhaps less (Weart, 2010)”. Swedish chemist, Svante Arrhenius, first used the term global warming back in 1896. He was the first to come up with the idea that if we continue putting CO2 into our atmosphere, we would raise the earth’s average temperature.
On the other side, people argued that the earth’s temperature goes through cycles and it is just a natural thing that can’t be explained. It wasn’t until the mid 1900s that a scientist figured out that green house gases were indeed building up in our atmosphere. This is when the movement of environmentalists raised doubts throughout the public of human actions. From then, is when the great debate started (Weart, 2010).
I am first going to argue that humans are not the cause of global warming. The whole basis of this argument is “the vast climate system of atmosphere, ocean, rock, and ice was self-regulating, maintaining its temperature and chemical composition over millennia (Weart, 2011)”. Their thinking is...