The most debated topic on earth is the issue of climate change. This a universally accepted statement. The system of the seasons is changing, and climatic conditions have become unpredictable.
Nonseasonal rains are being experienced, the earth is getting warmer, glaciers are melting down, and the sea levels are rising. Fertile lands are becoming infertile and diseases are spreading, some fear that life as we know it will be ending soon, just imagine what actions must be taken now to save our planet for next generations.
Who do you think is the culprit of these current situations? Well, in fact, it is us, as we are all humans, aren’t we? It is our own activities that have resulted in the current situation.
So the following questions might come to everybody’s mind:
1. What is it that we have done?
2. What are the effects on our environment?
3. How do environmental changes relate to Climate Change?
4. Can we do anything about it?
To answer the above questions, we need to identify and understand the causes, says Ales Rades from MyCareerTools.com. This will help people appreciate the real problem and allows us to work on solutions.
Basically, in nature, there is a group of gasses called “Green House Gases”, for instance, water vapor, carbon dioxide, and some other gasses. Ironically, the presence of these gasses in the earth’s atmosphere is a prerequisite for life on earth.
In fact, these gasses have been helping to regulate the temperature on Earth for ages. These greenhouse gasses absorb reflected solar heat radiation from the earth’s surface and thus prevent the average temperature of the earth to get too cold.
This process is called the “Green House Effect”.
Interesting is that without this greenhouse effect, the Earth’s average temperature would have been – 18 degrees C instead of its + 14 degrees C. It is one of the earth’s natural processes, without which the Earth would possible be uninhabitable.
So, what’s the problem now?
For over the last century, human activities were directed against nature in such a way that they have become disastrous for our future, and this had lead to the effects discussed at the beginning of this page. Before the industrial revolution, carbon dioxide concentration was 280 parts per million per volume ( PPMv), but currently, the level is nearing 400 PPMv.
If this rate continues, it won’t be long before the Carbon dioxide concentration would be 490 to 1260 PPMv according to an IPCC special report, and this incredible situation might threaten life on earth too.
Is our earth really warming up?
Yes. There has been an increase of 0.6 degrees C since the late 19th century, and the last 25 years we have seen an increase of 0.2 to 0.3 degrees C. Moreover, the warming is not uniformly spread out all over the world, and an interesting thing is that some places are getting warmer while some other getting colder. However, in general, the temperature is rising.
Conclusions & Reasons for Global Warming
Global Warming is now and here now and it is high time to act on it. Every single individual needs to participate in fighting global warming. Global Warming threatens us all, regardless of nationality, community, race or culture. Find more information about global warming and how to teach about it here.
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