Future Of Us
Climate Change & Global Warming
By- Riya Patel
Day by day our precious earth is showing signs of climate change. Things such as the global temperature rising, warming ocean, diminishing ice sheets, glacial retreat and sea level rise. Not to mention that the carbon dioxide levels in the air are at the highest in 650,000 years. Air can be hazardous to our health. Imagine if all we had was bad air to breathe in. Like it or not this is pretty serious.
Climate Change vs. Global Warming
Typically, when most people think about climate change or global warming they necessarily think it's the same thing. But it's not. Climate change is a deep-rooted change in the average weather patterns that have come to define Earth’s local, regional and global climates. Global warming focuses more on the abiding heating of Earth’s climate system. These changes are mostly based on the environment and observed since the pre-industrial times. Since the olden days human activities are estimated to have increased Earth’s global average temperature about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Earth’s climate has changed a lot throughout history, the result of human activity since the 1900s is proceeding at an unprecedented rate over decades to millennia.
The Effects of Climate Change
From dwindling glaciers,and ice on lakes and rivers breaking up quicker and quicker the climate is facing some serious effects. Scientists had predicted loss of sea ice, intense heat waves, and sped up sea level rise. Now thanks to global warming all of those things are happening. Many say with high belief that global temperatures will continue to rise for years to come. For the most part due to greenhouse gases produced by human activities. Change will occur through this century and far off, but it largely depends primarily on the amount of heat-trapping gases emitted globally and also how the Earth’s climate is to those emissions as well. Frost-free season will be extended. The season has been rapidly growing since the 1980s, scientists say this is due to the heat-trapping gas emissions. We will furthermore experience changes in precipitation as well as added droughts and heat waves. The midpoint precipitation has increased since 1900, but other areas have had greater expansion than the dometic average. As well as additional winter and spring precipitation is projected for the northern United States, and less for the Southwest, over this century. Droughts in the Southwest and heat waves are projected to become more acute. Also overtime they predict hurricanes will become stronger and extra fierce. The strength, frequency and period of the hurricanes will all escalate and potentially be category 4 or 5. Sea levels will rise by 1 to 8 feet by the year 2100. Sea level rise will continue past 2100 because the oceans take a very prolonged time to respond to warmer circumstances at the Earth’s surface.
All regions of the nation will be affected immensely by climate change. The Northeast will experience additional heat waves, hefty downpours and sea level rises. Every detail of things such as infrastructure, agriculties, fisheries and ecosystems will be growing compromised. The Northwest will undergo changes in the timing of streamflow and reduce water supplies for participating commands. Sea level rise, erosion, inundation, risks to infrastructure and increasing ocean acidity pose crucial warnings. Rocket wildfire, insect flare-ups and tree diseases are causing widespread tree parishes. The Southeast will experience Sea level rise, presenting widespread and continuing threats to the region’s economy and environment. Ultimate warmth will affect health, energy, agriculture and more. Decreased water availability will have economic and environmental impacts. The Midwest will encounter uttermost heat, heavy downpours and flooding will affect infrastructure, health, agriculture, forestry, transportation, also air and water quality, and etc. Climate change will moreover exacerbate a span of risks to the Great Lakes. The Southwest will come across soaring heat, drought and insect outbreaks, all linked to climate change, have increased wildfires. Lessen water supplies, reduced agricultural yields, health impacts in places due to heat, and flooding and erosion in coastal areas are added worries.
What can we do?
We don't have the ability to control what happens. But we can try. Some things we could do is speak up about what's happening in the world. Tell your friends, family and loved ones. Better yet, bring it up on social media. You can also start to power your home with renewable energy. Like setting up solar panels on your roof. Other things such as investing in energy efficient appliances and reducing water waste. Simple things such as actually eating all the food you buy and buying better light bulbs make a difference. When you're not using a device, pull the plugs. Don't leave it in the outlets because they’re actually using energy. The smallest things can make a difference. Educate yourself and look out for the environment because we take it for granted sometimes.