Climate Change The earth's climate is on a dangerous rise

GLOSSARY

Atmosphere: gases that surround the Earth or other planets

El Niño: The climate cycle in the pacific ocean that impacts weather on the Earth

Climate: The weather particular to a certain area; a warm sunny beach

Economy: trade, money, distribution, etc. by each country or place on Earth

Risk: the rate at which something is in danger

Issue: something wrong in a situation preventing it from going right

Change: a difference in normal behavior, occurrence or doing

Temperature: the hot or cold of the air around us

What is Global Warming?

Global Warming is commonly known as the long term trend of rising temperatures, coming from increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. This is more serious than many think. Just an increase of two degrees will lead to land submission where 280 million people live, stated Justin Gillis from The New York Times. As the ice caps melt the water levels rise and what is coastline land will be submerged in the rising ocean levels killing many and leaving the rest homeless. This isn’t just a recent started problem. According to the website Vox, “The consensus among climate scientists is that this temperature increase has been driven primarily by the extra greenhouse gases humans have put into the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution.” This serious problem went undetected throughout many years, resulting in many world wide issues.

  • Picture shows the ice caps melting in the Arctic from the warmer temperatures

How has our world been affected so far?

Are world today has been affected greatly in different ways. Summarized from the website, Vox, the world experiences higher temperatures. Every continent has more warm days than cold. Likewise, heat waves have become longer and more prevalent particularly in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Resulting from the heat, glaciers around the world have, on average, been losing ice since the 1970s. This causes the sea level to rise, with more water from melted glaciers and the warmer temperatures cause the water to expand. There have been heavier storms. Since our atmosphere can hold more moisture, the result is stronger more frequent storms mostly in North America and Europe. A hotter climate exposes crops to excessive heat damage, lowering the globe’s food supply. Building on that, National Geographic, published and eye opening story on the downfall of the polar bears. “In just 20 years the ice-free period in Hudson Bay has increased by an average of 20 days, cutting short polar bears' seal hunting season by nearly three weeks. They have a narrower timeframe in which to hunt during the critical season when seal pups are born. As a result, average bear weight has dropped by 15 percent, causing reproduction rates to decline.” These stories of poor species drive people to work for positive change.

  • Since the ice caps are melting there is more unmelted water causing more violent storms and floods that ruin peoples lives

Do people want to see change? If so, what are they doing to see that change?

Yes, surveys show most people are for positive change. 7 in 10 Americans want more action in the Paris agreement of action for the world to reduce emission gas and other climate change affects, according to CNN. More than half of the Americans wish to see change through actions against climate change factors. Truth is not everyone believes global warming is real, but the ones who do fight to raise awareness. Tara Long, an educated reporter, informed, “300,000 plus people joined together for a peaceful march in Manhattan to call attention to the issue of climate change. They think this issue should be addressed with the same immediacy as Ebola or Isis.” People fight for change in our behaviors and there is quite a lot that needs fixing in order to decrease the issues the problem presents.

  • This shows a protest to have the world change its ways from harmful to helpful

What are the steps to reducing the heat rise?

Earth and its inhabitants are in a race against time. An article from the database, Proquest, instructs, “in order prevent global warming we need to reduce pollution emission, and prepare for the risks that higher temperatures and rising sea levels have on the world’s infrastructure, energy systems, water supplies, public health and economic development choices.” The world can never go back to what it use to be the damage has been done. But it can be stopped now so no further damage is created and everyone just learns to adapt to the new life, The website Vox suggests, we have to get dramatically more efficient at using energy in our homes, buildings, and cars. In addition, we’ll need to stop cutting down forests, and reduce emissions from agriculture and industrial processes like cement manufacturing. This new life style will change what the future of Earth looks like.

  • UN meeting with representatives from all countries meeting and setting rules to reduce climate change

What does our future hold/look like?

The future of Earth depends on what happens now. If life carries on as it does now, National Geographic predicts, “rising temperatures and humidity wrought by global warming could expose hundreds of millions of people worldwide to potentially lethal heat stress by 2060. Mostly in tropical areas but even others areas as well, could see the heat become lethal to children, elderly and the sick.” Eventually global warming would essential act like a human fever. The Earth would heat up to kill off everything living in it and then start to reset and cool itself back down since nothing else would be polluting it. On the other hand, if our habits were switched around right now and we stopped polluting the Earth, most species including humans would be able to adapt and continue living here, says the Philippine Daily Inquirer. In the end, the future of all life on Earth rests in each human hand that can make a difference.

  • The world's future lies in each hand of the people who occupy it. This saying is represented greatly in this picture

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Created with images by Unsplash - "person walking pipeline" • W J (Bill) Harrison - "Global Warming" • Djwosa - "briksdal climate change norway" • DVIDSHUB - "North Dakota flood relief [Image 4 of 8]" • _angleal_ - "Climate Change Is Real" • imo.un - "2016 - IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 69)" • stokpic - "hands world map"

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