|This will be more of a response than a review, but this is an issue we must all address.
I absolutely agree with your essay, although, I have not seen any articles on that particular theory of the moon's origin. Many astronomers agree that it is far too large to have formed from the Earth, and must have formed elsewhere, and was subsequently captured by the Earth's atmosphere. I'm not sure you are correct about planets needing a moon to stabilize; Mercury circles the Sun without spinning (the same side always faces the sun) and has no moon, and each other planet in our system has moons, so there aren't any planets to prove the theory. The moon is losing orbit, but the decay will take many million years. Really. Not to much of a concern for local history. Global Warming may well be a reality, but I assure you, this Earth has gone through much more drastic changes that simple ice cap melting and greenhouse effect. Man has lived through a few of these tumultuous ages. For instance, one or more ice ages. Possibly entire world flooding and intense heat at one time (there is solid evidence that the world has been covered by oceans many times). Tectonic activity (volcanoes, earthquakes) the likes of which we don't have these days. We will survive again if the polar ice caps melt, and oxygen levels drop. What will definitely happen is sickness, like leukemia and cancer, multiplying at a frightening rate, as well as man fighting man to survive when the world floods over. Our pollution is ultimately more deadly to birds and animals than anything else. Plants will adapt, they always have.
Plants have survived longer than any other life form on Earth, other than single-cell creatures. When all other things die out, plants will live from their remains. It's our immediate future we need to worry about. Fumes, fossil fuel gases, and pollution of all sorts are destroying a safe atmosphere for humans.
I will have to agree with the opposing side on one point: Never before has the human race been so self-conscious about conserving its environment as we have been over the last century. All through history, man has burned forests, killed animals, and dumped garbage and waste without thought. Now, hunting whales is a punishable crime worldwide, forest preserves cover hundreds of miles of many nations, and recycling is almost a way of life for many people. If we work a little harder, we will achieve a better future than the doomsday that people think about in the title of 'Global Warming'.
I definitely agree with the end statement. If there is global warming, I believe it to be a natural occurance. A normal stage in the Earth's development. Only, I also believe that because of our burned fossil fuel emmisions, we are accelerating almost 10,000 years worth of global climactic change into a mere 100 years. That may turn out a bit catastrophic.
If you truly believe this, you better prepare your children for it. The ball is already rolling, all we can do is keep it from rolling faster.
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