With the phrase “green” in recent years growing far beyond its original designation as simply a color and becoming synonymous with anything to do with environmental activism and saving the Earth, global warming: increasing on the scale of a century in the The average temperature of the Earth’s climate system and its related, often negative effects has become a hot topic in the media. But how serious is the problem of global warming, or climate change, as it is also known, for the environment and the planet we all inhabit? Some argue that this phenomenon is a hoax concocted by left-wing activists, but global warming is indeed a very real thing, and it is something that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later for the sake of our children and our children’s children.
Climate change, which is mainly attributed to the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere over the years, has continued to affect people and the environment in various ways, and potentially will continue to affect; It can range from minor and potentially beneficial aspects, such as a longer growing season for agricultural crops, to devastating and destructive aspects, such as an increase in the frequency and strength of violent weather patterns, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and heat waves .
Global temperatures have been rising and are expected to continue to do so, according to scientists representing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); Within the next 100 years, they have stated, it is possible and quite probable that global temperatures will rise by 2.5 to 10 degrees, which will have far-reaching effects on entire ecosystems and on all types of plant and animal life throughout the world. planet. .
Over the years, leading environmental experts have tried to spread the word about the effects of global warming and seem to agree on the area most affected so far: the Arctic Circle, according to Mashable, who notes that so far it is being hit harder than any other area on Earth.
“The Arctic is warming at the fastest rate of any region on the planet, about twice as fast as the world’s average rate of warming, scientists recently reported,” they said. “Not only that, but the effects of this warming are increasingly visible beyond the region’s iconic sea ice and polar bears, according to the 2014 Arctic Report Card, which was published earlier this month by an international team. of scientists “.
The Yellow Pages Goes Green (YPGG) environmental blog has published an article detailing the results of numerous important environmental studies related to climate change; The facts uncovered as a result of these studies, in which pollution is blamed as one of the main causes of global warming, reveal the deep concern that many scientists have regarding the slow decline that the Earth will suffer if it falls. problem continues. not to be controlled by the world population.
“In 2013, the world dumped more carbon pollution into the atmosphere than at any other time. The main polluters were China, India and the United States, which increased their emissions by 4.2 percent, 5.1 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively, “they said. . “While China is known to be the world’s worst carbon polluter, the United States had reduced its carbon emissions in four of the five years immediately preceding the study, but increased its use of coal in 2013 due to the recovery of the economy. “.
In fact, in a ranking of countries that are supposedly at the forefront in generating the pollution that is poisoning our Earth and contributing wholeheartedly to increasing climate change, one thing unites them; They are all among the world’s leading industrialized countries and many of which are woefully behind in terms of addressing environmental regulations, especially when it comes to the incessant massive use of gas and oil, under which they carry out much of its manufacturing processes.
“Scientists who studied 16 incidents of what they called ‘wild weather’ last year have determined that more than half of them are related to global warming caused by the constant use of fossil fuels by man,” they said. “The heat waves that occurred in Australia, China, Europe, Japan and Korea carried the fingerprints of artificial climate change, as did extreme amounts of rain in parts of India and the United States, and severe drought conditions. in New Zealand and California.. “
As world leaders argue about the reality of global warming, what can the little person, like you and me, do to combat this dangerous disease? Decreasing our dependence on gas and oil are probably the most effective ways; Walking, biking, carpooling, and using alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles can all contribute to a healthier atmosphere and climate system for all of us. In addition, their power at the ballot box is another way that the little man and woman can contribute to the planet as a whole; be sure to vote for political candidates who support green and renewable policies like recycling and clean solar energy.
Together we can do the difference!