Global Warming

Erick Carlo
ILT 101 Sec. 3
Research Paper
November 9, 2010
Global Warming
Global Warming’s effects may not have such an impact on previous generations, but for our and future generation; the climate changes will have a direct impact on New York as well as other states located on the coasts’ of America.   Being that New York City is such a popular city, it is not hard to see the extremely high energy usage, whether it be for generating heat, producing light, or even to complete our work.   Without the capability of energy, the daily routines that are done throughout life would not occur.   These uses of energy, although it is not noticed unless it is studied, cause harm to our environment.  
Polar ice caps begin to melt and sea levels slowly rise and destroy low lying cities that are located along our country’s coast.   Over the last hundred years, the global temperatures have slowly increased.   Since 1980, the global temperature has risen 0.2 degrees Celsius every decade.   Scientists predict that if we continue to use the same amount of energy and harm our atmosphere by with the gases that cause the holes in the ozone layer, by the year 2030 the temperature will be rising as much as 0.5 degrees Celsius or more each decade.   Overall, the global temperature could rise anywhere from 5 to 9 degrees over the next fifty years.   If the temperatures do rise, as researchers predict, numerous things can happen.   The increase of temperatures that Global Warming is causing can alter the way crops grow near the equator due to the lack of rain and heat.   With these increasing temperatures, the polar ice caps can possibly melt and this would cause the sea level to have an increase of 1 to 3 feet.   This increase would destroy small islands, coastal cities and even shallow enough rivers throughout not only in the United States but throughout the entire world.  
New York City must prepare for higher temperatures, more rain and an increased risk of coastal flooding in the...