Is this a good thesis statement for my global warming research paper?
Global Warming has been a big issue that has effects on the environment, people, and the world, and if not stopped now, the results could be catastrophic.
You may check my previous responses on the global warming "issue". It has been a big issue in the media only and among the politicians. Other than that, it is NOT POSSIBLE to stop it, like it is not possible to stop wind from blowing. The bigger concern would be to stop the freezing era that will come in about 20K years and then I guess people will only laugh at the statements of their fathers about the 'global warming' issues.
But other than that, if you want to go with the flow of the false mainstream media, your thesis is good.
Your thesis should be more specific than it currently is. Examples of good thesis statements about global warming would include the following:
1. Man-made CO2 emissions must be reduced by at least 80% by 2020 if we are to avert a global warming disaster.
2. Global warming is increasing the frequency and intensity of tropical storms.
3. Global warming is primarily a beneficial natural phenomenon that should not concern us.
4. A rational cost-benefit analysis of most global warming scenarios indicates that it would be cheaper and more effective to prepare to adapt to a warmer climate than it would be to try to prevent global warming.
Merely saying that it is "a big issue," and that it "has effects on the environment" is not enough. Saying the results would be catastrophic is a bit better, but still a bit vague. Plus, it smacks of hyperbole.
Note that the fact that someone could disagree with your thesis does not make it a bad one to write on. On the contrary, a good thesis should provoke strong disagreement from at least some quarters. That is, it should be debatable. "Water freezes at zero degrees Celsius under normal conditions" is perfectly true, but not a good thesis, because it is a fact that no one would seriously considering arguing against. All of the theses I've listed above could be the basis for a strong essay, because it would be possible to argue for or against them. I imagine Rich would disagree with 1 and 2, for instance, but he might accept either 3 or 4. No one could logically agree with all of them simultaneously.
Good luck with your essay.
Wow, Sean's response here is probably among the best explanations we have given about the way to write a good thesis statement. I will refer other members to this thread when they need to learn about the way to write a meaningful thesis statement for their essays.
Ferzana, if you are in high school maybe this sort of thing is new to you, so if you want a simple thesis that is debatable, perhaps consider:
Even though people disagree about global warming, we should still make it a top priority to reduce the amount of harmful emissions unnecessarily released into the atmosphere.
That might be easier to work with, but it is still a little too general.
Don't forget, too, that whatever thesis you pick, you have to be able to make a strong argument for it. So, you might want to research global warming a bit to see what evidence there is that it is occurring and that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible. You might also look at articles discussing the costs that would be involved in adapting to global warming and the costs that would be involved in slowing or preventing it. And, of course, there are technological solutions, too (geo-engineering through iron fertilization would be one of the more viable alternatives). If you have no strong opinion yourself either way, your ability to find sources will probably dictate what you write about. So, if you find five website in your initial search that all talk about how global warming is exaggerated or a hoax, you'd write on how the problem is exaggerated or a hoax. If you found five websites that all talked about how serious a problem it is, then you'd write about that.
Note that the ease with which you find sources online has nothing to do with how strong or valid the argument for a given position actually is. Web site search engines list the most popular and the newest sites first, without regard to their content. However, if you have no particular opinion on the issue, then there is no reason not to go with the position that is easier for you to find information for.
On the other hand, if you have the time, you might want to consider writing from a position that you strongly disagree with. Being able to argue your opponent's point of view well is a valuable skill that ultimately strengthens your ability to present your own case, while ensuring that your case is more likely to be right.
are there any research paper about these thesis statement..if yeah can i take a look at it? please
I think the thesis can use some work and better diction
Tau, you can look at Google Scholar and type "global warming" to see lots of articles.
Yeah, global warming is a hot topic, pun fully intended, so you should have no problem tracking down research sources for an essay on it.
Did you HAVE to choose global warming?
I just feel like it has been worn to death, and borrowing a page out of Rich's book, in a determinist vein, I don't think we will be able to stop whatever final calamity inevitably befalls mankind. Whether it is the sun burning up the earth, which scientists predict will happen in billions of years (wiping out all traces of our existence, AND purpose, for those less apt to believe in a higher being/afterlife), or something much more imminent and unexpected which I'm inclined to believe, I don't think humans can prevent against something on the scale that would threaten their viability. We are finite and there are threats we cannot possibly anticipate or avoid.
I have to say though, Sean's post was cogent and resourceful. He presented some novel arguments, although I think you might want to be wary of picking something that will be hard for you to defend. Most times it's better to go with something that you have a conviction and passion for. I would drop global warming if I had a choice to begin with.
Most of the perennial controversial issues people write about in school have be done to death -- that's why they're perennial. Gun control, abortion, euthanasia, racial profiling, global warming, health care, death penalty, gay marriage etc. There is no way to ever truly resolve these issues because the stances people take in them are rooted in conflicting values and worldviews that each have a certain amount of validity. The point of writing on these topics is not to come up with the "correct" viewpoint, but rather to do research that gives you familiarity with the various viewpoints and the arguments for them, so that you can understand where everyone is coming from and articulate your own position coherently.
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Need advice on global warming thesis statement
i need help with a thesis statement for global warming how it is bad does anyone have advice or an example
Please post the exact instructions given to you for this assignment.
You could talk about a myriad of different things depending on how you feel about global warming. Do some research first. Find the evidence that supports global warming and what predictions scientists make about how it will affect the world.
Once you have this basic information you can make an argument backed up by your research and examples. All you have to do is find out what you think about global warming after your research and write a sentence that sums it up. Make sure you can back that statement up with lots of evidence and ideas. Good Luck!
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The third post in this thread lists some possible thesis statements for global warming essays:
SO much has been written about it that it is easy to find information and examples. You should start by googling "global warming" and "controversy" ...
Oh, I just tried that, and there is a wikipedia entry for Global Warming Controversy. So, check that out. Then type "global warming" into Google Scholar or some database with articles. You can decide if you believe in global warming or not. Form an opinion as you read. Every time you read something, write a paragraph about it. You'll have a paper in no time!
Global WarmingIINTRODUCTIONGlobal Warming, increase in the average temperature of the atmosphere,oceans, and landmasses of Earth. The planet has warmed (and cooled) many times during the 4.65 billionyears of its history. Atpresent Earth appears to be facing a rapid warming, which most scientistsbelieve results, at least in part, from human activities. The chief cause of thiswarming is thought to be the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, andnatural gas, which releases into the atmosphere carbon dioxide and other substances known as greenhouse gases. As the atmosphere becomes richer in these gases, it becomes a better insulator, retaining more of the heatprovided to the planet by the Sun. The average surface temperature of Earth isabout 15°C (59°F). Over the last century, this average has risen by about 0.6Celsius degree (1 Fahrenheit degree). Scientists predict further warming of 1.4to 5.8 Celsius degrees (2.5 to 10.4 Fahrenheit degrees) by the year 2100. Thistemperature rise is expected to melt polar ice caps and glaciers as well aswarm the oceans, all of which will expand ocean volume and raise sea level byan estimated 9 to 100 cm (4 to 40 in), flooding some coastal regions and evenentire islands. Some regions in warmer climates will receive more rainfall thanbefore, but soils will dry out faster between storms. This soil desiccation maydamage food crops, disrupting food supplies in some parts of the world. Plantand animal species will shift their ranges toward the poles or to higher elevations seeking cooler temperatures, and species that cannot do so maybecome extinct. The potential consequences of global warming are so greatthat many of the world's leading scientists have called for internationalcooperation and immediate action to counteract the problem.IITHE GREENHOUSE EFFECTThe energy that lights and warms Earth comes from the Sun. Most of theenergy that floods onto our planet is short-wave radiation, including visiblelight. When this energy strikes the surface of Earth, the energy changes fromlight to heat and warms Earth. Earth’s surface, in turn, releases some of thisheat as long-wave infrared radiation.Much of this long-wave infrared radiation makes it all the way back out tospace, but a portion remains trapped in Earth’s atmosphere. Certain gases inthe atmosphere, including water vapor, carbon dioxide, and methane, providethe trap. Absorbing and reflecting infrared waves radiated by Earth, thesegases conserve heat as the glass in a greenhouse does and are thus known asgreenhouse gases. As the concentration of these greenhouse gases in theatmosphere increases, more heat energy remains trapped below. All life onEarth relies on this greenhouse effect—without it, the planet would be colder byabout 33 Celsius degrees (59 Fahrenheit degrees), and ice would cover Earthfrom pole to pole. However, a growing excess of greenhouse gases in Earth’satmosphere threatens to tip the balance in the other direction—towardcontinual warming.IIITYPES OF GREENHOUSE GASESGreenhouse gases occur naturally in the environment and also result fromhuman activities. By far the most abundant greenhouse gas is water vapor,which reaches the atmosphere through evaporation from oceans, lakes, andrivers.Carbon dioxide is the next most abundant greenhouse gas. It flows into theatmosphere from many natural processes, such as volcanic eruptions; therespiration of animals, which breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide; andthe burning or decay of organic matter, such as plants. Carbon dioxide leavesthe atmosphere when it is absorbed into ocean water and through thephotosynthesis of plants, especially trees. Photosynthesis breaks up carbondioxide, releasing oxygen into the atmosphere and incorporating the carboninto new plant tissue.Humans escalate the amount of carbon dioxide released to the atmospherewhen they burn fossil fuels, solid wastes, and wood and wood products to heatbuildings, drive vehicles, and generate electricity. At the same time, the number of trees available to absorb carbon dioxide through photosynthesis has beengreatly reduced by deforestation, the long-term destruction of forests byindiscriminate cutting of trees for lumber or to clear land for agriculturalactivities.Ultimately, the oceans and other natural processes absorb excess carbondioxide in the atmosphere.However, human activities have caused carbon dioxide to be released to theatmosphere at rates much faster than that at which Earth’s natural processescan cycle this gas. In 1750 there were about 281 molecules of carbon dioxideper million molecules of air (abbreviated as parts per million, or ppm). Todayatmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations are 368 ppm, which reflects a 31percent increase.Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration increases by about 1.5 ppm per year. If current predictions prove accurate, by the year 2100 carbon dioxide willreach concentrations of more than 540 to 970 ppm.At the highest estimation, this concentration would be triple the levels prior tothe Industrial Revolution, the widespread replacement of human labor bymachines that began in Britain in the mid-18th century and soon spread toother parts of Europe and to the United States.Methane is an even more effective insulator, trapping over 20 times more heatthan does the same amount of carbon dioxide. Methane is emitted during theproduction and transport of coal, natural gas, and oil. Methane also comesfrom rotting organic waste in landfills, and it is released from certain animals,especially cows, as a byproduct of digestion. Since the beginning of theIndustrial Revolution in the mid- 1700s, the amount of methane in theatmosphere has more than doubled.Nitrous oxide is a powerful insulating gas released primarily by burning fossilfuels and by plowing farm soils. Nitrous oxide traps about 300 times more heatthan does the same amount of carbon dioxide. The concentration of nitrousoxide in the atmosphere has increased 17 percent over preindustrial levels. Inaddition, greenhouse gases are produced in many manufacturing processes.Perfluorinated compounds result from the smelting of aluminum.Hydrofluorocarbons form during the manufacture of many products, includingthe foams used in insulation, furniture, and car seats. Refrigerators built insome developing nations still use chlorofluorocarbons as coolants. In additionto their ability to retain atmospheric heat, some of these synthetic chemicalsalso destroy Earth’s high-altitude ozone layer, the protective layer of gases thatshields Earth from damaging ultraviolet radiation. For most of the 20th centurythese chemicals have been accumulating in the atmosphere at unprecedentedrates. But since 1995, in response to regulations enforced by the MontréalProtocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and its amendments,the atmospheric concentrations of many of these gases are either increasingmore slowly or decreasing. Scientists are growing concerned about other gases produced from manufacturing processes that pose an environmentalrisk. In 2000 scientists identified a substantial rise in atmosphericconcentrations of a newly identified synthetic compound called trifluoromethylsulfur pentafluoride. Atmospheric concentrations of this gas are rising quickly,and although it still is extremely rare in the atmosphere, scientists areconcerned because the gas traps heat more effectively than all other knowngreenhouse gases. Perhaps more worrisome, scientists have been unable toconfirm the industrial source of the gas.IVMEASURING GLOBAL WARMINGAs early as 1896 scientists suggested that burning fossil fuels might changethe composition of the atmosphere and that an increase in global averagetemperature might result. The first part of this hypothesis was confirmed in1957, when researchers working in the global research program called theInternational Geophysical Year sampled the atmosphere from the top of theHawaiian volcano Mauna Loa. Their instruments indicated that carbon dioxideconcentration was indeed rising. Since then, the composition of theatmosphere has been carefully tracked. The data collected show undeniablythat the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are increasing.Scientists have long suspected that the global climate, the long-term averagepattern of temperature, was also growing warmer, but they were unable toprovide conclusive proof. Temperatures vary widely all the time and from placeto place. It takes many years of climate observations to establish a trend.Records going back to the late 1800s did seem to show a warming trend, butthese statistics were spotty and untrustworthy. Early weather stations oftenwere located near cities, where temperature measurements were affected bythe heat emitted from buildings and vehicles and stored by building materialsand pavements. Since 1957, however, data have been gathered from morereliable weather stations, located far away from cities, and from satellites.These data have provided new, more accurate measurements, especially for the 70 percent of the planetary surface that is ocean water (
Satellite,Artificial). These more accurate records indicate that a surface warming trendexists and that, moreover, it has become more pronounced. Looking back fromthe end of the 20th century, records show that the ten warmest years of thecentury all occurred after 1980, and the three hottest years occurred after 1990, with 1998 being the warmest year of all. Greenhouse gas concentrationsare increasing. Temperatures are rising. But does the gas increase necessarilycause the warming, and will these two phenomena continue to occur together?In 1988 the United Nations Environment Program and the WorldMeteorological Organization established a panel of 200 leading scientists toconsider the evidence. In its Third Assessment Report, released in 2001, thisIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that global air temperature had increased 0.6 Celsius degree (1 Fahrenheit degree) since1861. The panel agreed that the warming was caused primarily by humanactivities that add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. The IPCC predicted in2001 that the average global temperature would rise by another 1.4 to 5.8Celsius degrees (2.5 to 10.4 Fahrenheit degrees) by the year 2100.The IPCC panel cautioned that even if greenhouse gas concentrations in theatmosphere ceased growing by the year 2100, the climate would continue towarm for a period after that as a result of past emissions. Carbon dioxideremains in the atmosphere for a century or more before nature can dispose of it. If greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, experts predict thatcarbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere could rise to more than threetimes preindustrial levels early in the 22nd century, resulting in dramatic climatechanges. Large climate changes of the type predicted are not unprecedented;indeed, they have occurred many times in the history of Earth. However,human beings would face this latest climate swing with a huge population atrisk.VEFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMINGScientists use elaborate computer models of temperature, precipitationpatterns, and atmosphere circulation to study global warming. Based on thesemodels, scientists have made several predictions about how global warming