• 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. Boscastle Case Study

    Impacts on the environment of the affected area The impacts on the environment in Boscastle was very bad. Debris and mud was left everywhere and this had to be cleaned up so that people could get past. Roads were blocked off by the floodwater, making any access difficult except from the air.

  2. 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.

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

    For the time being we must take whatever steps necessary to reduce the impact of global warming. The impacts are another important question to consider; unfortunately this essay will not answer that question. So the big question is whether global warming human induced or is it a natural phenomenon?

  2. Global warming

    The Gwich'in community also live a traditional lifestyle and hunt caribou that provide them with most of their necessities - meat, skins and fur. The caribou which they depend on migrate to the northern coastal plains, within ANWR, every year.

  1. Global warming a threat to the environment

    Also, many habitats could be destroyed by the warming of the earth. While people can move themselves and their crops, trees and coral reefs have to stay put. If the heat is hot enough it could destroy the trees by forest fires, as well as the coral reefs.

  2. In this booklet I will be describing global warming, its effects, its causes, my ...

    Cities like Chicago, Athens and New Delhi have sweltered under heat waves and seen death tolls rise. How we contribute to global warming We all contribute to global warming in our every day lives, - whether it is taking a car to school rather than walking or just simply

  1. Environmentalism - There is currently a vast political, cultural and moral debate going on ...

    Caruba concentrated on the effect global warming had on the environment, rather than the effect it would have on people. An Ecocentrist view as oppose to an Anthropocentric perspective shows a greater respect for the environment. It places an ecosystem on the same level of importance as a human.

  2. Fold Mountains case study - Andes

    The flat terraces help to hold up water in a region where there are marked shortages. Most crops are grown in the lower areas and include soya, maize, rice and cotton. However, the main staple crop of the Andes is the potato, and there are hundreds of different varieties found in the mountains.

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