Global Warming

Lara Bradford, Author

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Global warming is the long-term rise in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system. The term global warming and climate change are often used interchangeably. However, speaking more accurately, global warming is caused by mainly humans, because of the increase in global surface temperatures and its projected continuation, but climate change includes both global warming and its effects, such as changes in precipitation. The effects of global warming include rising sea levels, regional changes in precipitation, more extreme weather events such as heatwaves, and expansion of deserts. Surface temperatures in the artic are getting too hot for the glaciers and a lot of them are melting. Overall, higher temperatures bring more rain and snowfall, but for some regions droughts and wildfires increase instead. Climate change threatens to diminish crop yields, harming food security, and rising sea levels may flood coastal infrastructure and force the abandonment of many coastal cities. Environmental impacts include the extinction or relocation of many species as their ecosystems change, most immediately the environments of coral reefs, mountains, and the Arctic.


Middle schooler’s thoughts on global warming are all pretty similar. An 8th grader Armstong Jones says “I think global warming is getting really bad and people have to start doing something to stop it.” another 8th-grade boy, Sam Kravitz, says “ I think global warming will stop if everyone helps and tries.”. Lastly, Hallie Harris, a 7th-grade girl states “I think that global warming is really bad and I don’t understand why the world is taking more action.”. All and all everyone believes that global warming is becoming a major problem and there needs to be some change. The students at Westminster all think that global warming is a problem, but none of them said anything on how to solve the problem. Hopefully, soon we can find a solution for global warming.