Pardon the pun, but global warming has been quite a hot topic in recent years. Some believe it’s the single most pressing environmental issue our planet faces right now, while others think that the entire concept of global warming is nothing more than fiction. Regardless of which side of the spectrum you fall on, there’s a lot of evidence that supports the idea of something going on with the global temperature. In fact, if these global temperature increases aren’t slowed, many locations around the world could quickly become arid, desert landscapes.
In fact, research shows that if things don’t change, more than 20 percent of the Earth’s population could be facing extreme drought and desertification. Most of those areas would be found in Southern Australia and Africa, as well as Southeast Asia, Southern Europe, and Central America. The United Nations did step up and create the Green Climate Fund, which was built so that the developed countries that create the most greenhouse gases could help out the more undeveloped countries, who just happen to be the ones most affected by global warming.
Studies show that limiting global temperature rise to 3 degrees Fahrenheit above what the temperatures were prior to the industrial revolution could prevent major areas of the world from becoming deserts. This effort is the key goal of the Paris Agreement, but President Donald Trump announced last June that the United States would no longer be participating in the Paris Agreement.
Prior to rescinding its participation, the United States was contributing less than $10 per capita to the fund, rather small when you compare it to a country like Sweden, which contributes $59 per capita. While some people, including the President of the United States, may consider that amount too steep, it’s important to consider just how serious mass droughts can be. The obvious concerns are food and water shortage, but these, in turn, can lead to deadly diseases and even war.
Regardless of where you fall on the global warming spectrum, it’s hard to deny the science that’s showing a path toward some pretty dire environmental changes if we don’t increase our global efforts to reduce the impact.