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In the movie Inconvenient Truth Former United States Vice President Al Gore became interested in global warming during

his years at Harvard University studying under Professor Roger Revelle. During the Clinton Administration Al Gore pushed and encouraged energy efficiency and alternate fuel resources. After Al Gores presidential election defeat to Georgia W. Bush in 2000, Gore focused his full attention back on global warming. Al Gore Traveled across the United States and around the world presenting a slide show featuring the concerns of global warming. Using updated material and animation the movie Inconvenient Truth was created. . In this film that was the fifth highest grossing documentary to date in the United States; Al Gore puts forth an argument about our climate. The greatest venerable part of the Earths ecological system is the Atmosphere. The protective layer of the Earths atmosphere called the Ozone is thin enough that Humans have the capability to change it. The layer is being thickened by pollutants causing more radiation from the Sun to be trapped in the Atmosphere. The Atmosphere in turn warms, hence global warming. Some of these pollutants, Carbon Dioxide, are from the gas emission from cars, trucks, buses and industrialization along with drying paint, charcoal fires and dry cleaners. The CO2 levels are increasing every year due to these pollutants. Studying ice cores scientists are able to examine the temperature and amounts of CO2 in the air. The increase in temperature correlates with the increase of CO2. Using a chart, Al Gore explains that in 650,000 years the CO2 level of the Earth has never gone over 300 ppm. The chart also shows a correlation in temperature. Al Gore further explains that we are currently above the natural cycle and it will continue to increase. The ten hottest years on record have occurred in the last 14 years by the date of the moves release in 2006. Massive heat waves are becoming more common. In 2003 Andhra Pradesh in India reached a high of 122oF. US Cities have reported all-time highs and

temperatures being above 100oF for consecutive days. The Oceans are getting warmer causing stronger storms. All-time records were set in 2004 for number of hurricanes in the United States and the number and the size of typhoons in China. In 2005 Hurricane Katrina was a Category 1 storm but increased to a Category 4 as it went over warmer waters in the Gulf of Mexican causing devastation to the people in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas. It resulted in the death of 1,836 people and $81 Billion dollars in damage. Flooding and ironically more draughts have occurred. Global warming not only increases precipitation world- wide but also relocates precipitation. Soil evaporation increases considerably with higher temperatures (An Inconvenient Truth). "When it rains, it rains harder and when it's not raining, it's warmer - there is more evaporation, and droughts can last longer," explains Thomas R. Karl, director of the National Climatic Data Center. Ice sheets are receding in sites such as Kilimanjaro, Glacier national Park, The Himalayas and the glaciers in Peru. If ice sheets in West Antarctica or Greenland were to melt completely, sea level would rise 20 feet. Coastline areas would flood, displacing hundreds of millions of people. The worlds map will have to be redrawn. In 2005 the worlds population was at 6.4 Billion people. This is 4 billion higher than in 1950 and is projected to rise to 9 billion by 2050. More pressure and usage of resources are being placed on the Earth. Water, food, fuel and other natural resources are being strained. To climate change is both the result of human demand and the natural cycle of the planet. Humans are accelerating the natural cycle. Because of the evidence Al Gore puts forth to is the best explanation of climate change. The evidence is strong that humans demand on the environment forces global warming. I am convinced to agree that humans are not helping the environment but are placing massive pressures on the globe.