Everything You Need To Know About Global Warming
Updated: Sep 21, 2020
It's 2020 and our planet is fighting global warming now more than ever. Our earth is burning and we are standing by, letting it happen. Many question whether or not global warming is even real, but ladies and gentlemen, it’s happening as we speak and we must do something NOW before it's too late. This subject is a very hot topic, especially in America, where talking about it gets very heated - politically, that is. This is a conversation that needs to be discussed, so let’s talk about what exactly global warming is, the causes and effects of it, and what we can do to help.
What is Global Warming?
Global warming is the long-term heating of the earth’s climate system due to fossil fuel burning and the careless actions of humans. It is not to be confused with climate change, which refers to human and naturally produced warming and the effects it has on our planet. Human activity is the primary cause of rising temperatures in the earth's surface - we have increased the earth’s temperature by about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1901. The number seems small, but the impact is beyond comprehension.
What are the Causes of Global Warming?
Simply put, global warming is caused by greenhouse gases gathering in the atmosphere, trapping heat that needs to escape from our planet into outer space. The heat and radiation from the earth would normally enter space, but these greenhouse gasses trap the heat, causing the planet to get warmer. This is known as the greenhouse effect. The burning of fossil fuels to make electricity is the biggest contributor to global warming, which produces two billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year in the United States. The biggest polluters are coal-burning plants and transportation.
What are the Effects of Global Warming?
Global warming leads to heavier rainfall, hotter heat waves, more droughts, and stronger hurricanes. California has an ongoing drought that has been intensified by 15-20% due to global warming. The ocean’s temperature is getting warmer as well, so storms could be more disastrous, for example, a category 4 storm turning into a category 5 storm. Scientists have found that the number of storms has increased since the 1980s. Global warming has an effect on the entire planet. There are environmental, economic, and health consequences of global warming. Other effects are melting ice caps and glaciers, rising sea levels especially in Florida, New Orleans, Gulf of Mexico, among other areas, disruption of habitats that could lead to plant and animal extinction, and allergies, asthma, other infectious diseases, among the spreading of pathogens will rise due to air pollution.
What Can We Do?
We need to protect and restore key ecosystems like rivers, oceans, forests, and wetlands. We can all play a part in halting global warming. A few ways to help your environment are:
Use less hot water
Try a plant-based diet
Plant a tree
Use less plastic
Turn off lights and other devices
Vote for politicians who will enact environmental policies
These are simple yet effective ways that all of us can help get our planet on the right path.
Whether we like it or not, global warming is in full force and it’s time we all take it seriously. Many feel as though that it’s not real, or that it's too late and there’s nothing that can be done about it now. Wrong. We can lessen the effects of global warming if we act now! Soon it’ll be too late and the consequences will be catastrophic.
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