By: Aglaheth Zaragoza
This topic has become a major focal point for the entire world. It is a topic that has not been forgotten but it is also not generally talked about unless it is brought up in conversation by ourselves or a friend. I say bring up in conversation because it is the only place that I typically hear this topic being brought up. I don’t generally recall having a class that talked about it except when I was in middle school working on a project based on the said topic.
I feel like it should be talked about more often but again, it is a general opinion and it’s not something I would push on people.
For anyone who is not completely sure but knows what this can do, Global warming is a gradual increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere and its oceans which seems to have caused a permanent damage to Earth’s climate.
This has been a constant issue a couple years after 1975. Constant gases have been collecting in Earth’s atmosphere for quite a while and have begun to fight the climate.
There have been droughts, floods, hurricanes, and drastic changes in weather that have changed many areas of the world. There have been constant debates on this issue, claiming that this is not real but, “climate scientists looking at the data and facts agree the planet is warming.
While many view the effects of global warming to be more substantial and more rapidly occurring than others do, the scientific consensus on climatic changes related to global warming is that the average temperature of the Earth has risen between 0.4 and 0.8 °C over the past 100 years.” pulled from http://www.livescience.com/topics/global-warming (2017).
The rising in temperature has caused an increase in the melting of Antarctic ice along with its glaciers. Up north, ice and the frozen dangerous wonderland that is home to polar bears, as well as other sea animals have become incredibly treacherous to them.
Melting glaciers have increased sea levels and increased predictions in the flooding of many cities in a minimum of 8 decades. “The heat-trapping nature of carbon dioxide and other gases was demonstrated in the mid-19th century.2 Their ability to affect the transfer of infrared energy through the atmosphere is the scientific basis of many instruments flown by NASA.” pulled from https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ (2017).
The temperatures causing heat to rise can be the cause of the United States constantly burning fossil fuels as well as, “when carbon dioxide (CO2) and other air pollutants and greenhouse gases collect in the atmosphere and absorb sunlight and solar radiation that have bounced off the earth’s surface. But it’s not just us. It is all of us, everywhere.
Normally, this radiation would escape into space—but these pollutants, which can last for years to centuries in the atmosphere, trap the heat and cause the planet to get hotter. That’s what’s known as the greenhouse effect” pulled from https://www.nrdc.org/stories/global-warming-101 (2017). This effect is what creates the warmer atmospheres which continues to slowly rise and not dissipate.
Global warming and its effects should be taken into great consideration because it is a problem that has not stopped and seems to get bigger as time goes. Coral reefs that were once so beautiful and flitting with life have now turned white and have died.
Tropical coral reefs are extremely diverse and people rely heavily on them. At this rate, “Consequently, over 50 % of the world’s coral reefs have died in the last 30 years and up to 90% may die within the next century—very few pristine coral reefs still exist,” which is information that can be found at http://www.secore.org/site/home/detail/coral-reefs-are-dying.1.html.
Thousands of disasters as time continues and we still have not pushed ourselves to fix something. As much as we may try to use fewer fossil fuels, not much has been taken into account. Many animals are dying and humans are next because our food is going bad. Places that boomed with green grass and crops have gone completely dry and others are fighting against droughts.
Weird weather patterns have caused strong tropical storms and bigger hurricanes and possible changes in weather that may seem beneficial now until it is too late to realize that it was never there to help. There have been more earthquakes reported and sea levels constantly rising.
Allergies, asthma, and other diseases can take rise and can lead to plagues. There will be more insects such as mosquitoes, and they can carry more diseases along with the polluted air that may continue to worsen. More programs should be implemented to trigger that train of thought, to think positive and know that one can make a change if they try. Like I said it should be, but this is just my opinion. We are all entitled to have our own and I fully respect that.