• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Global Warming Case Study

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"Because most global warming emissions remain in the atmosphere for decades or centuries, the choices we make today greatly influence the climate our children and grandchildren inherit. The quality of life they experience will depend on if and how rapidly California and the rest of the world reduce these emissions." In California and throughout western North America, Signs of a changing climate are evident. During the last 50 years, winter and spring temperatures have been warmer, spring snow levels in lower and mid elevation mountains have dropped, snow pack has been melting one to four weeks earlier, and flowers are blooming one to two weeks earlier. ...read more.

Middle

The state's vital resources and natural landscapes are already under increasing stress due to California's rapidly growing population, which is expected to grow from 35 million today to 55 million by 2050. Californians currently experience the worst air quality in the USA, with more than 90 percent of the population living in areas that violate the state's air quality standard for either ground-level ozone or airborne particulate matter. These pollutants can cause or aggravate a wide range of health problems including asthma and other acute respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, and can decrease lung function in children. Combined, ozone and particulate matter contribute to 8,800 deaths and $71 billion in healthcare costs every year. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is a striking increase over historical patterns, and almost twice the increase projected if temperatures remain within or below the lower warming range. As temperatures rise, Californians will face greater risk of death from dehydration, heat stroke/exhaustion, heart attack, stroke, and respiratory distress caused by extreme heat. By mid century, extreme heat events in urban centres such as Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino could cause two to three times more heat-related deaths than occur today. The members of the population most vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat include people who are already ill; children; the elderly; As temperatures rise, Californians will face greater risk of death from dehydration, heat stroke, heart attack, and other heat related illnesses causing more cost to the government. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Physical Geography section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Physical Geography essays

  1. An Investigation Into Kingston Area Shopping Centres and Their Patterns of Use

    having converted the minutes to seconds. Again there is a weak positive correlation showing the number of shops in a shopping centre and the average travel time to get to the shopping centre. Therefore as the number of shops in the shopping centre increases, then the average travel time to get to the centre too increases.

  2. Boscastle Case Study

    Around �15 million was paid out by insurance companies in order to rebuild peoples businesses and homes. Even though the money was available, it took a very long time and insurance companies were forced to raise the costs of home region in Boscastle.

  1. Global Warming Newspaper

    Of these, 36 developed countries are required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the levels specified for each of them in the treaty, with three more countries. How Does It Work? The Protocol requires developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions below levels specified for each of them in the Treaty.

  2. Is global warming human induced or is it a natural phenomenon?

    Even though this essay assumes that global warming is taking place, the question of whether global warming is taking place is still a valid one. There is evidence from NASA scientist John Christy to maintain this argument. While compiling satellite data extending back to 1979 (which is not very long,

  1. Free essay

    milton keynes case study

    I have gathered maps from both areas because maps can show the urban sprawl and the difference between the planned urban environment and the different features between each and how the roads are laid out, how the town has been built etc.

  2. Global warming

    However, this is nothing compared to what would happen if Greenland's ice sheet were to fully melt. If global warming continues at its present rate, then Greenland will have completely melted before the next millennium and the sea level will be seven metres higher than it is today.

  1. Is There a Relationship Between Desirability and Quality of Life at Ward Level in ...

    of the city and the A449 in the north of the city. Green field land is very attractive to developers as it needs very little preparation in the way of clearing existing buildings, rubble or cleaning up polluted ground. This makes it cheaper and faster to build on.

  2. An Essay Upon Global Warming

    Other areas, such as California, may heat up, as a cold current flows down from the Arctic at present that may cease and send the mean temperature in the region to well above present day levels. So, if all this could happen, why do certain governments wish to continue producing, and even increase, the quantity of greenhouse gas produced.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work