In past years the debate over whether global warming was a real concern or not has raged on. Many scientists have protested against the ways that humans continue to live – ways that claim to have a huge impact on our environment. But for all those who do not believe the proof of global warming is here and many more people are starting to listen with belief.
Recently we have seen tsunamis, hurricanes, wildfires, early winter storms, massive tornadoes, flooding, and more, and that is just in the last two weeks in the month of October. It is certain that global warming is causing a major problem for the weather but is it too late to fix the damage that has caused global warming before many more natural disasters begin occurring?
But the proof of global warming can not only be seen with changes in the amount of natural disasters that take place each year. Scientists have also seen the damaging effects of global warming to the climate, in general.
Each year it has been reported that the overall temperature of the Earth has increased one degree fahrenheit in the last 3.5 decades. This climate change causes hotter temperatures, stronger storms, glacier melting, and more. We have also seen longer and more dangerous drought periods, dangerous heat waves, and a sea level rising. With these types of effects not only is the Earth’s environment being affected but the living species on Earth are being effected as well. Without colder climates animals such as polar bears, penguins, and other cold thriving animals are finding it harder to survive.
So why is global warming hitting us so hard now? The effects of global warming have been known for over a century. Though in the first years of discovery many humans did not believe that the Earth was suffering from our actions. The proof of global warming has only really been realized in recent years during such a vast climate change. It is now expected that we only have until the year 2048 to reduce the greenhouse emissions that we put out before we really see the damage.
Global warming is caused by our use emissions of damaging chemicals into the environment. Acts such as the large use of oil, coal, and natural gas, as well as the release of smog and carbon dioxide, and the environmental chemicals sprayed in the air are known to damage the ozone layer, or the layer that protects the Earth from the sun’s direct heat rays.
Now that the proof is here there is little time to act to control global warming but because of the damaging effects that can be seen scientists have been researching solutions to the problem. Alternatives to the use of oil, natural gas, and coal are being found and we as a human race are beginning to work on these alternatives.
Solar power, water power, and wind power are all three major sources of energy that come directly from the environment and do not pose a direct threat to the environment with their usage. The problem, however, is that transforming our energy usage to these types of energy will be expensive and, as a result, can only be done gradually. Rest assured that with the major environmental problems that we are seeing and have been seeing recently an alternative solution will be found and in the future it will be used.
The month of October has been rough this year. This past weekend our planet took a big hit from mother nature. But now that the proof of global warming has been seen we can hold out hope that the violent storms that have damaged our planet will slow as time moves on. With all of the problems that the world is facing from politics, inflation, economic damages, widespread health risks and more, mother nature is one entity that we need on our side. Reducing the amount of damage that we cause to the environment everyday will help ensure that the planet sticks around for our future generations.
The proof is here – do your part and know the facts of global warming.
Written by: Crystal Boulware