World average temperature (°C)
Global warming is the term used to describe the increase in our average global temperatures, which can cause our planet’s climate to change.
It is being debated if global warming is a fact, or if it’s just a hoax that’s meant to scare people. There are differing views on the topic, but more and more scientists are accepting global warming as real.
The scientific community agrees that the average temperature of our planet has increased between 0.4 to 0.8 degrees Celsius over the last 100 years.
The temperature changes due to global warming can start a chain of events that will be devastating for us and our planet – but more for us.
In 2013, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that the biggest contributor to global warming in the last 50 years is Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions, due to the burning of fossil fuels, agriculture and deforestation (1).
Greenhouse gases, such as Co2, are natural and they actually enable life on Earth when everything is in balance. Without them, we’d be a much colder place. But when you introduce too much greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, more of the sun’s energy is trapped and Earth’s temperature rises, causing changes in our weather and climate.
This is called the Greenhouse Effect. It is happening too rapidly and life doesn’t have time to adapt.
The disaster movies that you see may give you an idea of the kind of devastation an extreme change in weather can cause.
One event will trigger and feed another event and a vicious cycle will occur, none of them good for us. Ozone layer depletion, melting of the permafrost, sudden collapse of ecological and biological systems, extreme cold and heat... I hate to sound like a doomsayer, but this is the reality that we want to stop. Right now we are just experiencing Super Storms, Cold Surges, Heat Waves and Floods and we are already suffering big losses. Is Global Warming Real? The state of our polar ice caps may be the most obvious proof. You can see how much it has decreased here.
We can contribute to the efforts to stop Global Warming by doing these simple things:
These are small everyday activities that affect the amount of Carbon Dioxide emissions in our atmosphere, causing Global Warming. All we need is to make one small change at a time, to make a big difference.
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