Global Warming in the World Today
All across the world, nations are working hard to decrease the amount of carbon emissions in order to fight the war against global warming. Carbon dioxide is released into the air by the burning of fossil fuels and other natural resources like coal and oil. In order to slow global warming, it is important that people recognize the problem at hand and work with their local government or environmental group to find out what they can do to help. Below is a video explaining how burning fossil fuels and other natural resources can lead to global warming.
cold months are heating up
According to LiveScience, January of 2017 was the third warmest January on global record. This can be due to the mass amounts of carbon dioxide emissions from cars, factories, etc. Also, NASA's data showed that the planet was 1.7 degrees above the 1951-1980 average, and NOAA's data showed a 1.6 degree advance above the 20th century average. This persistent warmth has lead to low levels of ice in the sea and relatively drier months throughout the planet. This can be a problem for our fishing, hunting, and even agricultural industries. Therefore, when these industries are affected negatively our economy is also affected (i.e. higher grocery prices). Overall, the rising temperature tends to be a factor most scientist look at when studying global warming. For more information you can find a link to the LiveScience article here:
Data taken during January showing the warm temperatures across the globe.
we are not alone
Wildlife are extremely dependent on a consistent temperature within the environments they inhabit. According to the National Wildlife Federation, the animals most affected by global warming can include polar bears, pika, and waterfowl. Polar bears rely heavily on ice within the Arctic circle, which is disappearing at alarming rates making it difficult for polar bears to hunt and mate. Pika, a small mammal that inhabits mountaintops, are being forced to migrate to higher altitudes due to rising temperatures and are therefore running out of places to call home. Lastly, waterfowl are changing their behavior and migration patterns which is affecting their overall health and also hunting patterns. Below is a video and a link which explains how animals are being affected by global warming and how animals are being affected in Michigan and other states.
What can you do?
According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, we have the necessary means and technology to reduce emissions from factories. Therefore, we have the ability to slow global warming. There are multiple ways people can help stop global warming:
- Transform our energy systems into a cleaner system that is less dependent on coal and fossil fuels
- Increase fuel efficiency
- Implement and enforce limits on the amount of carbon that a factory is allowed to emit
- Reduce deforestation
Politics also has a major effect on global warming. In order to accurately address global warming, policy makers must be able to find solutions that substantially reduce the burning of fossil fuels and the release of carbon dioxide. Continued efforts from the public are much needed in order to effectively enact global warming within our political system. The only way to reduce or stop global warming is if our political leaders find it important enough to take a good look at it. As of now, many people are still skeptical of global warming and many of these people hold some type of political power. If the public feels strongly enough towards global warming, they can help push policy makers to add more laws and restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions and the burning of fossil fuels. You can find more information regarding the involvement of politics and global warming here:
Furthermore, according to National Geographic scientists predict that they Earth could eventually become between 2.5 and 10 degrees warmer within the future. Many scientists stress the importance of reducing the emission of carbon dioxide from 450-550 parts per million to 380 parts per million, which means that the emission levels would have to be reduced by 50%-80% to reach this goal. This can be done by what researched Stephen Pacala and Robert Socolow call "stabilization wedges." This process implements new technologies and targets emissions as a whole rather than targeting specific areas within the problem. Again, the pubic can help implement these new technologies by urging factory owners and policy makers to require the installation of the technologies. Attached below is the link to this article along which contains a video regarding why people should care about global warming.
Below is a video which briefly explains how the economy is affected by climate change and why you should care.