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The Future of Planet Earth

Uploaded by srheric on Apr 23, 2007

The Future of Planet Earth

Americans have increasingly divulged themselves in over-consumption. This escalating desire for physical goods is initiating the depletion of our resources and the destruction of our environment. The people of the United States, in their quest for material products, are causing catastrophes, such as the greenhouse effect, hazardous wastes, and a growing number of landfills. This in turn pollutes the planet and catalyzes global warming.

Greenhouse effect has been reeking havoc with the natural balance of the planet. The major agents contributing to the greenhouse effect are the product modern society has created for our pleasure. In reality, these products are causing the United States, as well as, the rest of the world, major difficulties. AAA is one company that is using ‘affluenza’ to its benefit. AAA was against the 1990 Clean Air Act, one of the most important environmental laws of the decade. A press release from its government and public affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C., claimed that the bill would “threaten the personal mobility of millions of Americans and jeopardize needed funds for new highway construction and safety improvement” (Rivlin 14). Instead of promoting legislation that would improve the quality of our environment for everyone, AAA would rather build more highways so more people will purchase automobiles and insurance and therefore further pollute our air supply.

In addition, the effects of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have caused the depletion of the polar ice caps. The greenhouse effect causes the planet to warm, increasing the climate of the Arctic region and causing the glaciers to melt. The main cause for the rapid warming of the Earth is industrial pollution. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned the world of the consequences of pollution such as:

the melting of glaciers and polar ice caps, leading to rising sea levels. It predicts more extreme droughts, floods and storms and significant changes in the functioning of critical ecological systems such as coral reefs and forests. Warmer and wetter conditions would increase the spread of infectious diseases such as malaria and yellow fever. And the inundation of low-lying islands and coastal areas could lead to the displacement of hundreds of millions of people. The climate panel’s report says that sea-level rise could cause the disappearance of vast...

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Uploaded by:   srheric

Date:   04/23/2007

Category:   Geology

Length:   4 pages (1,007 words)

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