Does the natrual environment have a future?

Essay by lasisdabombJunior High, 9th grade October 2014

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The natural environment is very fragile and its future can be greatly altered from the slightest movement. The environment is highly sensitive, it can be changed by global warming, increase of ocean temperatures, deforestation or even human over-population. To find out to what extent does the natural environment has a future, one must find the definition of the natural environment. It means all living things and non-living things that naturally occur on Earth and are not influenced by other unnatural. Slowly the future of the natural environment is sinking like an iceberg in the rising Atlantic Ocean because more and more environments are being demolished or taken down for human uses.


By Lasith Koswatta Gamage

Artic Ice Caps

Artic ice acts like a balance, it keeps the polar regions cool while moderating the global climate. Artic ice is like a huge mirror. It reflects 90% of the light that hits it surface.

But then how is it melting you may ask? Even though it reflects lots of light the ocean around it absorbs just as much light. Starting from 1970, studies showed that the thickness extent of sea-ice was decreasing2.

Melting glaciers and ice sheets threaten low lying areas with rising sea levels. If Greenland ice sheets or half of West Antarctica and Greenland melted the world map would have to be redrawn because the sea-level will rise by 6 meters and some countries will have their coastlines submerged3. Take for example this map of Florida, this is what would happen if the previous scenario occurred.

Other low lying countries such as Shanghai with a populations of 40 million would be devastated. Even worse is Calcutta, Bangladesh which has a population of 50 million. A warmer Artic will also affect wheat farming in...