Updated: Thursday, 10 Sep 2009, 11:04 AM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 08 Sep 2009, 5:53 PM EDT
TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTHI) - Global warming is the name scientists have given to a series of climate changes around the world.
"Some regions will see changes to their temperature. Some regions will warm up. Some will actually cool down even with the global warming," Indiana State University Climatology Professor Dr. Gregory Bierly said.
Pools and lake shores don't have as many people swimming in them. This summer was close to the coolest on record in the Midwest.
"The best guess at what's causing [the cool summer] is something that is sporadic in time and so not part of the global warming trend," Bierly said.
Looking at projected models of the affects global warming will have, the consequences would be pretty extreme from such a minor temperature increase.
Some areas in the world will become dry, others become wetter.
If the sea ice near the North and South Poles continue to melt, the ocean water will rise, and create flooding.
This will lead to a water shortage. The flooding water will be
too contaminated for humans to use.
"It's not going to be so much the heat you feel from the global warming, but it's going to be how changes of circulation and patterns dry water basins out and affect regional population. And of course, none of that will stay regional," Dr. Bierly said.
Bierly also said not enough is being done to educate people about such a confusing and complicated issue. While the emphasis has been on health care in America lately, there should be more on global warming.
"This effects everyone so I think we should all learn more about it," ISU freshman Allison Odein said.
There are things people can act on such as becoming more educated on the global warming subject, going green, and restricting carbon dioxide emission.
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