Summary: In these past three years, Earth has reached a new record high temperature every year. This is the first time in recorded history that this has happened. Temperatures are getting to levels so high that many scientists believe they will be very harmful to our world. There has been a long term rise in temperatures that is due to increased levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. The rising temperatures have hit the Arctic especially hard, with temperatures reaching 20 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit above normal temperatures. The rising temperatures are causing rapid coastal erosion due to melting of ice. The rising temperatures are also causing drought and starvation in parts of Africa. Experts had originally believed that 2017 would be a relatively cool year, but this pattern of exceeding temperature expectations makes them start to doubt their original assumption. Some believed that that global warming stopped after 1998, but the three years with record high temperature have completely proven that to be untrue.
“It’s really the trend, and the fact that we’re punching at the ceiling every year now, that is the real indicator that we’re undergoing big changes.” Deke Arndt, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Analysis: I believe that this article is indeed very noteworthy. This is incredibly relevant due to the fact that we just elected a president who does not believe in climate change. This article provides extensive evidence that proves everything that President Trump has tried to deny. IT emphasizes the importance that we need to do something now, and I think that this article shows non-believers that we are in imminent danger and there is scientific fact to prove it. There need to be laws put into place and changes in general need to be made so that we can slow down global warming and stop this catastrophic event that could lead to coastal cities going underwater in the future. Most importantly, we need the President, who is the face of America and assumed role model of U.S citizens, to realize that this is true and stress the importance to his citizens.
My Takeaway: I chose this article because I knew I didn't really understand the full extent of global warming. I of course understood that climate hange was real, but I don't think I fully grasped the imminency of the situation. I now will be a lot more attentive to this situation, and will try and help other understand how important this issue is. I will also not stand to listen to people who don't recognize climate change, and now have more knowledge that I can use to educate those people with.