In the run up to the election of the 45th president of the United States of America, climate change was at the top of the agenda. The subject was a part of nearly every debate that took place in the heated election race and many scientists started expressing concerns about the rhetoric coming from then presidential hopeful, Donald Trump. The Republican presidential nominee has always been straightforward and blunt about his feelings on climate change. In an infamous tweet in 2012 he stated: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive”. Trump continued to cause waves during the race for Oval Office when he vowed to dismantle the Paris Agreement by removing the U.S.A from its commitments.
In January, 2017 when the “never going to happen” actually “happened” and Donald Trump was officially inaugurated as the next President of the United States of America, he wasted little time in pushing his agenda. One of his first orders of office was to remove the White House climate change website and purge any mention of climate change on the government website as a whole.
Unfortunately, for Donald Trump, the threat of global warming and global climate change is generally accepted and believed as fact by most nations, and it’s going to take more than the deleting of a website to back track on the progress made (or at least we hope). Unfortunately, it would seem the nations relying on money made from fossil fuels are having a harder time convincing their entire government and people that climate change is a present, in-your-face, tremendous danger to the world as we know it, now.
While President Trump might be doing his best to silence the debate around climate change, there are some facts that he simply cannot deny. Here are 4 facts that are simply undeniable:
Over the years scientists have been creating models to display how the world’s temperature is rising. The graphs showing global temperature change has become a standard image for climate change.
2016 was the third year in a row that temperatures showed a dramatic increase. Keep in mind that just a half a degree change in temperature can have a massive impact on life on the planet. In this century alone, we have seen 16 of the 17 warmest years ever recorded.
The data is there, the charts and sheets reflect the models, and no one can deny the rise in temperatures.
2. The weather is becoming increasingly unpredictable
Extreme weather patterns have become the norm as global temperatures rise. Erratic weather is a direct result from the increased temperatures of the oceans as they fuel weather phenomena’s such as hurricanes. Warmer oceans also mean that the air holds more moisture than before, leading to heavy flooding in places where floods may have been uncommon. Arguably one of the biggest causes of erratic weather patterns is the issue of the steady melting of the arctic ice caps with results anticipated to be felt as far as the Indian Ocean.
These extreme weather patterns are battering economies, leaving people homeless and eroding the land. In the state of Louisiana, 6.9 trillion gallons of rainfall caused a deluge in the state, resulting in $10 billion dollars in damage. Scientists warn that this is not the last we’ve seen of this type of weather, they claim that it is 40 per cent more likely to happen again and again and it is a direct result of climate change.
3. We are responsible for climate change
Human life is responsible for the rapid increase in climate change. The amount of greenhouse gas that has been emitted over the years has been the single biggest instigator of climate change. The rise in greenhouse gas can be placed alongside the development of human industries. As the human population becomes more and more industry driven, the climate continues to change. In the past 60 years, the time period in which industries have boomed, climate change has increased alongside.
While the natural evolution of the world is playing a role in the rise of the planets temperatures, it’s the greenhouse gases that are fast forwarding that increase in temperatures. In fact, temperature is rising at such a rapid rate that if dramatic action is not taken, scientist claim that the world as we know it will self destruct in the next 100 years.
4. Action is needed
The last fact that President Trump cannot deny is that without swift action being taken by the world’s leaders and all global citizens, global warming is only going to get worse. Should things continue as they are now:
Global warming and climate change are a reality, and denial is not going to solve the issues at hand. It is important to look at the facts that have been presented and to acknowledge that if we don’t start banding together, the chance to save the planet for future generations will soon be lost.
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