New research and scientific updates on global warming offer chilling information that we should all be focused on. The negative aspects of global warming are showing that there may not be a benefit to this type of catastrophe.

Pros of Global Warming
The global warming pros and cons debate is one of the most fiercely contested in the U.S. Whilst the global debate is centered around the cons of global warming, there are a small number of potential pros of global warming too.

The negative impact of global warming is well-documented. The global warming cons are numerous and even frightening. Here are some of the key words associated with global warming: Ocean circulation disruption, desertification, flooding of low-lands due to higher sea levels, more common extreme weather events such as hurricanes, extinction of species, mass disruption to agriculture, mass movement of people away from the coastal cities.

All of these macro-processes are likely to be the net result of an overall increase in the warmth of the earth; however, on a more micro regional level some of these processes will be reversed. For instance, in colder climates such as Northern Russia and Canada we are likely to see an overall increase in the number of species present. Chances are, these regions will become more suited to agriculture, and to life in general.

When we talk about the pros of global warming, we usually refer to the extreme northern and southern regions of the world and how beneficial the decline of permafrost would be for its inhabitants. This is true – an increase in global temperatures could in many ways be very beneficial for these regions.

There is certainly no doubt (unless you work for Foxnews) that global warming is a reality and that humans are causing it or at the very least exacerbate it. The emission of greenhouse gases has soared in the last century, and the atmosphere cannot cope with it. Certain political parties and corporate organizations are not eager for the public to become fully aware of the climate change issue, as it goes against their personal interests (i.e. - oil).

An individual might say that global warming is great because there will be longer summers, less snow etc, but such a viewpoint is incredibly narrow minded and does not take into account the global impact of changing weather. Many people might feel isolated from the rest of the world in their daily lives, but there is no doubt that if the world heats up at the rate that it is now, the consequent global issues will be sufficiently hard hitting and serious as to impact everyone, no matter where they live.

Therefore, whilst one certainly has the right to talk about the possible pros of global warming in certain regions of the world, and whilst this is a valid topic worthy of discussion, this should be in no way twisted into an excuse to do nothing about the problem. The predicted level of global warming of an average of 5 degrees over the next century could be catastrophic for the world as a whole, and this is what we need to keep in mind. Huge efforts are being made, mostly noticeably in Europe, to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but with many nations such as the US and China not on board, this is just not enough. The big hope for mankind at present lies in technology, which is advancing rapidly to meet the many challenges that global warming will bring in the next century.

The debate on the pros and cons on global warming will continue for years and generations to come. When talking about the global warming pros and cons, one important factor is the time line. The the pros of global warming (i.e. better harvests in the north), may not be seen for generations, because of the effects of sunspot activity and local climatic variations (such as the weakening of the Gulf stream). Some of the cons of global warming may not be a great problem for generations too, such as a significant coastal city threatening sea-level rise. The global warming cons, however, could turn into a significant threat to civilization as we know it, with negative feedback loops rendering global warming out of control. The debate on pros and cons on global warming will go on, but in the meantime we have to support all the measures that the world community is taking to deal with this problem.

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    jake Says:

    agreed – you cannot draw parellels between an ice age and global warming. An ice age is all about balance, global warming is about the toppling of balance, and it is self-reinforcing and could cause run away warming in a extremely small amoun of time (way to small for civilisation to deal with)

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    jon Says:

    whoever said abouve that not having global warming means having an ice age is mistaken. Global warming is a very sudden thing..just in a few decades we have seen some big changes in global climate. An ice age would come on over 1000’s of years, and therefore would be a very different propersition.

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    jim Says:

    Sorry but no article should have pros of global warming in its title. There are just too many people who are looking for any little hookline from which they can expound their nonsense about ‘fake global warming’, and continue on to self-righteously drive their 6 liter trucks. Not to say that theie wouldnt be pros of global warming, but they would be very localized.

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    tiffany co Says:

    interesting post, pretty much covered it all for me, thanks.

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    jon Says:

    As a university student of Oceanography, i learnt about climate change and what was precited for this century. everything that i learnt 20 years ago is now coming true. In the UK, there is more rain and colder winters. This trend is quite stable now (for a few years in a row). This is exactly what oceanogrphicts predicted would happen, as the gulf stream wobbles due to melting in greenland.

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    jim Says:

    Thats great that the US is developing new technolgies, but its irrelevent if they are so few incintives for people within the country to by them. Some US states have no subsidy progams whatsoever for programs such as solar energy, and that is shocking.

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    jake Says:

    I wouldnt say that the US is so far behind other developed countries. yes, in terms of Koyoto and some international treaties, its lagging. However, in terms of the number of alternative energy compaines who are registered in the US, its the number one country in the world. A lot of the new green technologies are coming from exactly this country.

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    less Says:

    Good article this. I like the stress on the fact that talking about the so called pros of gobal warming so in no way be used as an excuse to do nothing about it. It truly is narrow minded to think that summers will be longer hence global warming is great – but unfortunately i know some people who think like that

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    ROFLED Says:

    Yeah, so we lose a couple thousand species, who cares?!, I’d trade a warmer winter for every animal excluding, chickens, cows, dogs, cats, all types of fish, and deer.
    The lose of the polar bears dosent sweat me.

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    ROFLED Says:

    Yeah, so we lose a couple thousand species, who cares?!, I’d trade a warmer winter for every animal excluding, chickens, cows, dogs, cats, all types of fish, and deer.
    The lose of the polar bears dosent sweat me.

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    Anonymous Says:

    You talk about the pros and cons of global warming, but what many people do not realize is that based on scientific research that is being done today, global warming is not having as big on an impact as scientists and researchers want you to believe. It’s a very slow process that melts polar ice caps thousands of feet thick. Think about it.

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    logbrad Says:

    global warming is a bad and good thing not to mention the panda bears there wierd

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    Alex Says:

    IM not sure if this is true but if it we didnt have global warming wouldnt we be in another ice age?

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    marco ornelaz Says:

    i dont like the whole talk bout global warming i think its stupid, we are all gonna die some day why not it be now!!!!

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    retard101 Says:

    well, i think global warming is a good thing….i mean now i can go to the beach more often, also i dont have to shovel that annoying snow off my drive way. not to mention global warming can get rid of all those annoying polar bears, their eating our peguins. Also china will have a reason to stop driving so many cars at the same time…no offense but their are way to many people over there. And one more question….why won’t my parakeet eat my diarrhea, is it because global warming is getting it down, or does it not eat my diarrhea because it doesn’t like hard poop?

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    retard101 Says:

    well, i think global warming is a good thing….i mean now i can go to the beach more often

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    fong Says:

    is this pro or con???

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    redneckwoman224 Says:

    i dagum hate global warming its alredy hotnenough in the south as it is!!!:)

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    Jon Says:

    and we could have no Antarctic by 3050

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    Ummm =D Says:

    Ummm… did you know that the artic may have its first ice free summer by 2030 or earlier because of global warming! :S

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    OMGGGKatelyn Says:

    Well global warming is not really a man probably, the earth has been cooling for the past 11 years so naturally it will heat up again, trying to do something about it is going to probably trigger the next ice age. Here’s something to think about, greenhouse gases are CO2 and when you breathe what do you exhale, CO2 so shouldn’t the earths population be wiped out? Believe it or not some extreme liberals think that the earths population should be wiped out. Al Gores silly documentary seemed pretty convincing right? Only on account of that his whole film was based off of charts and graphs well last time I check Al Gore is not a climatologist or a meteorologist he’s a politician.

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    BusterBob Says:

    Global Warming is fake the communists created it to kill us

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    Coconut Says:

    I am doing an persuasive essay on global warming and going against the fact that its real; and there is no good info against it

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    Benny Says:

    cons:the next ice age is scheduled to come in 2,000 years but global warming is speeding that up!!

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    anastasiya Says:

    Cons: the cons are that all the water from the ice caps will melt and flood the world. Also the heat will wipe out a lot of animals and plants that are sensative to heat.

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    anastasiya Says:

    Pros: by trying to stop global warming we also learn more about technology and scientific advances can be made. Also CO2 fertilization increases the efficiency of water use in some plants. The travel time from Europe to America will be reduced by 1/3. There are more but I can’t think of them at this moment

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    larrydalooza Says:

    No… arctic ice is now 50 feet thick up from just 3 inches thick. I say it, so it is so.

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    Terri Says:

    Responding to “fay” of Feb. 3: the Arctic ice cap is only 3 feet thick now, down from 10 feet in 1991. It has lost 50% of its volume since the 1950s. The fact is that climate scientists are not trained as communicators nor comfortable being political, but most of them are amazed at how little their dire warnings are heeded. Vested interests in the fossil fuel industries, and their conservative radio friends, have done a lot of harm by spreading misinformation. Climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity. Too bad we wait until a crisis actually happens to do anything about it.

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    Alison Says:

    Kal, the human race acutally does have some control. We control the speed in which global warming is happening by belching filth into the atmosphere from our cars and other vehicles. That is why it is important that websites like this keep promoting alternative methods.

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    Sofie Says:

    It already seems like we are seeing many of the effects of global warming. From the harsher storms all the way to the terrible winter months.

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    Kal Says:

    Have any of you ever seen ‘The Day After Tomorrow’? I definitely do not want that to happen! Although, it seems that we have no control over global warming..

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    Matthew Says:

    Honestly I think the cons of global warming highly out weight any pros that anyone can come up with. Global warming is effecting so many different species of not only animals but plants, bacteria and many more things. Are we really that selfish that we can say that these cons can be turned into positive things?

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    Missy Says:

    Lizzie I too live in the northern US and right now I would trade this freezing cold weather for just about anything, but trading it in so that several species can perish is not an option I want to consider.

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    Lizzie Says:

    Living in a Northern State I would welcome the thought of not having to have winter months where the tempurature stays below freezing for days on end. BUT honestly I would rather live through it than to see the devistation that global warming can cause on certain things.

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    Alice Says:

    To fay:
    Hurricanes are getting stronger year after year. If this is too slow for you than probably you have never seen how devastating this can be

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    Arnold287 Says:

    “Deaths and illnesses caused by cold weather will decrease, but deaths caused by hot temperatures will increase, so there may not be any more or less fatalities.” – It’s funny how you can equalize this. Can this be counted somehow?

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    Mike Says:

    Global warming has always been something that concerns me. Take a look at the polar bears for instance. They are going exstinct right before our eyes and they are just one of the many species that are being affected.

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    fay Says:

    You talk about the pros and cons of global warming, but what many people do not realize is that based on scientific research that is being done today, global warming is not having as big on an impact as scientists and researchers want you to believe. It’s a very slow process that melts polar ice caps thousands of feet thick. Think about it.

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