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What are the advantages of global warming?

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December 16, 2017 11:07PM

There are very few real advantages to global

warming because global warming is causing climate change.

  • More rain in some places might seem to be a benefit, but other

    places will experience drought and famine.

  • Increased warmth and increased carbon dioxide are thought by

    some to encourage plant growth. Studies are showing that this is

    usually not the case. Farmers will have to change to different

    crops to deal with increased temperatures.

  • Warmer climates may have some benefits for cold countries, but

    the warmth is also melting frozen tundra, releasing methane, and

    increasing the rate of global warming.

  • Warmer climates are not beneficial for equatorial countries

    that are already warm.

  • There is no advantage in sea level rise, especially to the

    world's great cities built on low-lying coasts.

  • Ocean acidification is another disadvantage to increased

    atmospheric CO2.

Every small advantage that might result tends to be

counterbalanced by much more severe disadvantages elsewhere.

A: Some known benefits:

  • Increased agricultural productivity & land (more rain,

    warmth & CO2)

  • Longer growing seasons for plant life.
  • Greening of some of the Earth's vast frozen land masses
  • Increased wildlife habitat, provided migratory pathways to new

    locations can be found and populations can take hold.

  • More bountiful food for animal life (or less in areas subject

    to desertification).

  • Less net global energy heating requirement for humans (offset

    by increased need for cooling--air conditioning tends to be more

    expensive than heating).

  • Less cold related severe weather and death (offset by increases

    in heat stroke--far more people tend to die from heat than cold

    each year).

  • More pleasant temperatures for economic activity and outdoor

    activity/recreation.

  • If we are very lucky and warm enough, we may even avert the

    next ice age. These occur like clockwork and wipe out substantial

    animal and plant life on the planet.

  • Animals and birds may not need to migrate so far for water (and

    food as a consequence of the extra water).

  • Tropical Rain forests- Global warming could

    see these increase.

  • The benefits do not even come close to the drawbacks

    though.

Climate scientists are realistic about what their modelling can

achieve. They know they can predict global warming with some

accuracy, and they know that they can predict some of the likely

consequences of global warming, but most of the predicted outcomes

are expected to be negative, including loss of biodiversity,

widespread economic and social hardship, and risk to health.

However, among the losers there are likely to be some winners. For

example, scientific predictions are for more prolonged droughts in

some areas and for more frequent severe flooding in others, but

there may well be other areas that benefit by more optimum

rainfall.


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