Global annual temperature has increased by 0.18°C per decade since 1981. This is a problem because the rising temperatures will eventually affect the planet in several ways. The increase of temperature has catastrophic consequences for humanity and for our planet, some of which we can already see:
The polar ice caps are melting – The polar ice caps are melting at a rapid rate. As a result, sea levels have been rising. This has affected the ecosystem and the accessibility of natural resources.
Increase in global sea levels – Sea levels are at risk of rising up to 6 feet in the next few centuries, according to new research. This rise will be due to the melting of ice caps in Antarctica and Greenland. Consequently, this will cause significant changes in coastlines, displacing people and wildlife alike.
Extinctions – With the acceleration of global warming, many natural habitats are destroyed. Consequently, species which are not able to adapt may eventually become extinct. By the end of 2020, the International Union for Conservation of Nature declared 15 species to have become extinct.
Extreme weather events – Extreme weather events such as hurricanes and tornadoes may become more frequent due to climate change. According to the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, these disasters are projected to increase in both frequency and intensity because of climate change.
Food Shortages -There will be less food availability because many crops such as wheat, rice, oranges, potatoes, bananas and soybeans depend on a stable climate to grow effectively.
What Exactly Defines Global Warming?
The term “global warming” is often used to describe the gradual increase in the average temperature of Earth’s atmosphere and its related effects. Global warming is attributed to greenhouse gases, or gases that absorb infrared radiation. These gases include water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and ozone. By trapping heat within the atmosphere, they cause a rise in temperature amongst other effects such as changes in weather patterns and acidification of the oceans.
It is important to understand that global warming is a natural process, but in recent decades, an increased amount of greenhouse gas emissions from anthropological activities have been released into the atmosphere from human activities such as fossil fuel consumption and deforestation leading to a rapid increase in global temperatures. It is projected that if nothing is done to stop or slow down global warming by mid-century it will be significantly more difficult for humans to adapt without major lifestyle changes.
What Is Climate Change And How Is It Affecting Our Planet?
Climate change is a term that refers to the long-term changes in Earth’s atmosphere or global climate. The word “climate” is typically used in the context of weather. Humans can affect the climate by altering natural processes, such as running cars and factories.
As we continue to release emissions into the air, we are changing Earth’s atmosphere and affecting its natural processes (such as cloud formation and ice melt). These changes contribute to warmer temperatures and rising sea levels.
The result of this may be devastating – from more intense storms, to food shortages – which would have many consequences for both humans and animals on Earth.
This increase in temperature is primarily caused by greenhouse gases. These gases are emitted when man made objects are burned or during the natural degradation of organic materials. Human activities produce more than 30 billion tons of greenhouse gas annually which has led to an increase in global temperatures over the past century. Activities such as driving cars, burning fossil fuels and agriculture are the primary cause of the increase in global temperatures. All these processes release greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere which trap heat and contribute to climate change.
How to Prevent the Dangers of Climate Change
Scientists and researchers agree that the earth is getting warmer and humans are to blame. As a result, we may be in danger of upsetting the ecological balance if we do not take necessary steps to prevent it.
The United Nations has listed several steps we can take to help stop climate change from happening. These include:
1) Cutting back on meat consumption since livestock contributes 18% of greenhouse gas emissions
2) Reducing food waste by adopting a zero-waste or low-waste lifestyle
3) Planting trees
4) Using green energy (solar and wind power)
5) Switching from fossil fuels to renewables (like solar and wind power)
6) Reducing coal mining and coal use
7) Moving away from oil-based transportation systems
3 Ways Global Warming is Affecting Us Right Now
The earth has already warmed by about a few degrees Celsius over the past century, and without concerted action to reverse this trend, Earth’s climate would change drastically, with potentially devastating impacts on human health and society.
Global warming is affecting us in many ways. These are the three most significant ways that you may not have considered before.
1) Rising Sea Levels: Global sea levels have risen by an average of 8 inches since 1880. If left unchecked, global sea levels are projected to rise 16 inches by 2100 – enough to cause major flooding along coastlines worldwide.
2) Extreme Weather events Triggered by global warming
3) Mass Extinctions
Global warming is real and it is affecting us right now. The world is on a fast track to end up like Venus with global warming on Earth. The oceans are heating up, sea levels are rising, ice caps are melting, and drier areas are becoming desertified.
The good news is that we have the technology to cut back and reduce the effects of global warming if we make some important changes in our lifestyle. We need to reduce our carbon footprint by any means possible.
Conclusion: The Challenges We Face with Global Warming
There is no denying that the world’s climate is changing, and for the worse. The world’s greenhouse gas levels are at an all-time high, and there are many other factors that contribute to the issue. The first challenge we face with global warming is a lack of a unified response from all countries. There are many different opinions on what level of impact humans have on climate change, which has made it hard to come up with a plan to fix it. The second challenge we face with global warming is skepticism from those who don’t believe it’s an issue. As humans, we are all guilty of at least one thing, and the most common thing people are guilty of is contributing to climate change. Climate change can be stopped by changing mindsets. People need to stop using plastics, transportation needs to become more sustainable, and meat needs to become more expensive. All these things will ensure that humans live in harmony with the environment. Climate change is a threat to the environment and human life. The main challenge is the uncertainty about how to mitigate its effects. There has been a lot of controversy and misunderstanding about what to do, who should do it, and how we should do it.