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The Global Warming Threat

On October 26th, 1975 the Global Warming Threat started, when “the North Carolina conference, which took place…was co-sponsored by two agencies of the U.S. National Institutes of Health: the John E. Fogarty International Center for Advanced Study in the Health Sciences and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.”1 Dr. Margaret Mead attended the above function as a key speaker, who was a scholar in the field of anthropology.2 Dr. Mead was concerned about rise of population, and its impact on the limited natural resources, she came to conclusion that certain action needed to be taken in order to stop humankind from destroying the earth, she adopted post-Hitler eugenics doctrine under new version of conservation and environmentalism.3 Dr. Mead and some other scholars came to conclusion that the earth was facing global warming which received a warm reception from public in the US due to cultural revolution of 1970’s,4 and the theory of global warming caught attention of scholars and thinkers as they joined the crew of the global warming as a threat to humanity,5 and published books, researched articles, speaking in university campuses, and appearing before special committees that how fossil fuels were causing air pollution which would have detrimental impact on quality of human life.

In December 2009, one individual or certain individuals with their own agenda disclosed e-mails of scholars and thinkers about the global warming as a fake or hoax, and claimed the theory of global warming had political motive like concept of global governance or how a government would tax public on area of air pollution. However, there was one undeniable key issue on horizon to ponder that fossil fuels would pollute the air, and had detrimental impact on quality of human life; such as, “acid rain (or acid deposition, as it’s called in technical circles) is produced by the burning of fossil fuels. It is formed when emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides react in the atmosphere with water, oxygen and oxidants to form various acidic compounds. These compounds then fall to the ground in either wet or dry form. Acid rain acidifies lakes and streams and contributes to damage of trees at high elevations. (Check out Mount Mitchell in North Carolina if you want a graphic example of tree damage.) Hundreds of lakes in the Adirondacks have become too acidic to support sensitive fish species. In addition, acid rain accelerates the decay of paints and buildings. Electric power plants account for about 70 percent of sulfur dioxide emissions about 30 percent of nitrogen oxides emissions. Cars, trucks and buses also are major sources of nitrogen oxides.”6 The air pollution would undermine health of “young children and elderly people often suffer more from the effects of air pollution. People with health problems such as asthma, heart and lung disease may also suffer more when the air is polluted. The extent to which an individual is harmed by air pollution usually depends on the total exposure to the damaging chemicals, i.e., the duration of exposure and the concentration of the chemicals must be taken into account.”7 As a result, “the combustion of fossil fuels include sulphur dioxide , nitrogen oxides, ground level- ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds including benzene, some heavy metals and a number of other pollutants. These pollutants are a result of the use of air, which is composed of nitrogen (78%) and oxygen (21%), in the combustion process, as well as the presence of complex hydrocarbons, additives, and impurities such as sulphur within the fuel. Many more pollutants are released when engines are not tuned or working properly.”8

The bottom line, it is proven scientifically by burning fossil fuels, it pollutes the air, and toxic materials from fossil fuels would mix with rain, and begins to damage environment due to negative side effect of toxic materials or human would become victim of air pollution by inhaling it. Once again, humankind needs to develop clean source of energy for a better and bright future for everyone.

1. La Rouch 20 December 2009
2.La Rouch 20 December 2009
3.La Rouch 20 December 2009
4.La Rouch 20 December 2009
5.La Rouch 20 December 2009
6.Clean Air Trust 20 December 2009
7. 20 December 2009
8.Environment Canada 20 December 2009

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