Climate change is one of the biggest debates of our time, and as with all important debates, the opinions are split into two camps. One camp believes that climate change is a fallacy, something made up to induce fear, while the other camp is looking at the science behind the opinion and seeing the reality. Climate change is very real, and the evidence is undeniable. Renewable energy, used on a grand scale, is the only way to go, but we are not at the point just yet to move away from fossil fuels. And the longer we wait, the more damage we do.
Climate change is the change in climate patterns on a regional or global scale and it is largely due to the increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
While the climate has been undergoing constant change throughout the existence of the planet, it is in the 20th century that the change has become more noticeable and more devastating than ever before. And because of the ongoing increase in the amount of fossil fuels being burned, the onslaught of climate change has attributed to the unceasing increase in global temperatures.
Global climate change has always been a part of the world’s global cycle, but why is it so dramatic now?
Unlike the other eras in which global climate change has occurred, this is the first time in human existence that climate change has been manmade. And so the rate at which the change is taking place is unlike anything we have seen before. This time, climate change is making a damaging impact. While we previously thought that the change would not happen in our lifetime, we are likely to be alive when the serious changes start becoming noticeable all around the world.
But scaremongering is not useful, education is. Scientists are telling us that there are already major signs of climate change and NASA has uncovered simple yet vital signs to prove that the change in climate is already having some scary effects.
A century is more than a lifetime for the majority of us, so the impact brought on by the rise in sea levels might not hit as hard, but in the last century alone the sea levels around the world have risen by more than 17 centimeters. This rise happened before the world started experiencing the sudden rise in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, not to mention that 17 centimeters are double the height that the sea rose in the previous century.
What does this mean for us? Consider how many countries have a coastline or are surrounded by the ocean. A rise in sea levels has already become noticeable in the USA where cities along the Florida coastline have had unexpected flooding whenever the tide comes in. These cities have had to install pump systems and lift roads to keep people safe. The Major of Miami, a city that has had this issue for a while, has had to raise the tax revenue in the city to implement a system which he says will only keep the water at bay for around 50 years.
It is the island nations that are forgotten and in the majority of cases, the island nations are those that have contributed the least to global warming.
As the name says, global warming is an increase in the temperatures around the world. Since 1880, although some politicians would argue otherwise, the earth has warmed. The warming began in the 1970’s, while the warmest years were in the 1980’s. But it is the last 12 years that we have seen the biggest impact in terms of global warming.
Surface temperatures continue to rise as more carbon dioxide is released into the air and more deforestation takes place.
A lot of the heat that has impacted the globe has been absorbed by the oceans. As the oceans are responsible in many ways for the weather we have as well as being responsible for control of temperature. A rise in sea temperatures has an effect on the surface temperature. At least the top 700 meters of the oceans have already heat up, and this is just the beginning if we continue down this path.
A massive part of the human population relies on fish as a means to survive. But with the acidity of the oceans rising not only are the fish populations diminishing but so are the reefs that were once home to massive fish populations. The fish populations can’t recover fast enough and since one billion people depend on fish for their meals, what will happen when there is no longer enough? The oceans absorb a third of the carbon dioxide that is in the atmosphere, and this is killing the reefs and the fish, while other forms of pollution are also to blame. The oceans can no longer absorb enough of the carbon dioxide to keep things in balance.
Recently, The Great Barrier Reef became another victim of global warming as it was reported that huge swathes of the reef had died. With the oceans around the world absorbing 2 billion tons of carbon each year, can you imagine the habitat in the coming years? Will there even be a habitat for ocean life?
By 2040, you will be able to sail across the Arctic Circle in the summer months. The Arctic is an important global temperature regulator, and because the ice itself is bright, and is responsible for reflecting up to 80% of the sunlight that hits it.
The Arctic is also responsible for influencing the ocean currents, and that is the all-important influence which will be felt worldwide. This influence helps in the creation of fresh water (when ocean water enters the arctic it freezes and the salt is expelled) and it is also responsible for cooling down warmer water, which in turn affects the temperature. This temperature regulation also plays a big role in reducing the severe weather systems that the world is experiencing. Have you seen the news in recent years, about super storms and such? Now imagine the world without the Artic, without a significant buffer against extreme weather?
Global warming ties in closely with the recent spate of extreme weather that has hit the planet. Severe droughts, overwhelming flooding, super hurricanes, and other extreme weather events have not only recently devastated the USA, but have been experienced in just about every nation on the planet.
Science and technology can help us to save our planet before we reach the very real point of no return. And it is important that countries like the USA, China, and India, nations with big populations, and big energy needs, take the lead. The change will happen slowly, but only when we all start taking climate change seriously.
There is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to make great strides. We still have people among us who do not believe that climate change is real but they science is undeniable. And it is the ignorance and the misinformation that we can fight, that is one of the ways that you can help with climate change. Another way that you can help is by Going Green.
We only have one planet, and it is up to us to make sure that we leave behind a healthy planet that our children can explore and enjoy. A planet filled with interesting animals and astonishingly beautiful landscapes. But right now, that is a world that we will have to fight for.
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