Climate Change, according to NASA, is “a change in Earth’s overall climate. This could be a change in Earth’s average temperature, for example. Or it could be a change in Earth’s typical precipitation patterns.” Unfortunately, there are many people who say climate change, specifically global warming, is still not an issue. However, these are basic facts that everyone living on Earth should know and will help shut down the naysayers.
Earth’s temperature has risen over the past 50 years.
It is true that the Earth’s temperature goes up and down daily. However, if you look at data over the past half century, Earth’s temperature has dramatically risen. Each year the Earth is breaking its record’s of heat. 2016 beat a historically hot year of 2015, and 2015 beat 2014. Scientists expect the trend of increased heat to only continue.
It’s the human population’s fault that the Earth is warming.
There are several natural occurrences that happen on the planet that emit gases, such as volcanic eruptions. However, these occurrences are sporadic and the trends increase and decrease. Unfortunately, according to National Geographic, “Only CO2 and other human-emitted greenhouse gases have gone steadily up, forming a thickening blanket that traps heat at the Earth’s surface.” National Geographic also reports that 9 out of 10 scientists are positive that human gas emission is the direct cause of global warming.
Ice is melting and sea levels are rising.
Since 1900 there has been a rise in sea level by 8-9 inches. This rise has caused several disastrous floods. By 2100, scientist expect the sea level to rise by 3 more feet, which could only lead to more disasters.
Since 1980, natural climate-related disasters have tripled.
Heat waves are the biggest climate-related killers. In Europe, in 2003, over 70,000 people died from the effects of a heat wave. Heat also causes less moisture in the air leading the droughts yielding low crop growth and in turn possible starvation. Scientists also predict by 2100 many parts of Asia will be unlivable due to extreme heat.
Global warming can be prevented.
Fortunately, there are ways we can help stabilize the temperature and avoid a possibly unlivable future. Renewable energy is the world’s fastest growing energy source. If more manufacturers begin to use it, greenhouse gas emissions can be significantly lowered. Proper disposal of waste can also help keep pollution out of the air and waters.