I need help creating a thesis and an outline on Is Global Warming a Genuine Threat to the Planet Earth. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. “Give serious consideration to the impact of global warming because it has and will continue to impact upon peoples who we historically have studied, be it the Inuit of the Arctic, cattle pastoralists in East Africa, horticultural villagers in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia, Andean peasants, Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders, and peoples who we have been more recently studying, such as urbanites in both the developed and developing worlds” (Hans Baer, 2008). While the concern regarding global warming is a legitimate one, there is no consensus as to the extent of its threat to our planet and the life forms that inhabit it. While a majority of the community of scientists is of the view that global warming, if not checked immediately, will tip the delicate balance of global ecology and lead to natural disasters of unprecedented scale. This view is opposed by a few scientists, who argue that the phenomenon of global warming is as old as recorded history and that it is an integral part of the cyclical climatic patterns witnessed on the planet. This essay will present these two opposing viewpoints and finally arrive at a synthesis that captures the reality of the situation.
Over the course of the last century, global average surface temperatures rose 0.6-0.7°C. This trend culminated in the year 2005, which was one of the hottest years recorded in the last hundred years. Scientific data also points out that “40 per cent of the Arctic icecap has retreated during the past several decades. and glaciers around the world have been rapidly retreating” (Hans Baer, 2008). This view is seconded by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as well, which comprises of about 2,500 climate scientists drawn from across the world. The panel estimated that in the coming hundred years, the average global temperature will rise by about 3°C, extrapolating at the present rate of greenhouse gas emissions. .