The Earth is Changing and We Are Causing It

Chelsea Hartung, Staff Writer

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Global Warming is here and she’s coming at us with hands blazing. What is global warming? Well, global warming is a increase in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by levels of carbon dioxide, and other pollutants. Global warming is not just the earth getting hotter its the earth getting colder in some places too. This is affecting us in many ways both good and bad.

Glaciers are shrinking, ice on rivers and lakes are breaking up earlier, and plant and animal rages are shifting and flowering sooner than normal. Scientists have predicted that the earth’s temperature will continue to increase. Why? Mostly due to greenhouse gases that are mainly produced by us humans. According to climate.nasa.gov, “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which includes more than 1,300 scientists from the United States and other countries, forecasts a temperature rise of 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century.” This means that in the next century this temperature change will produce harmful benefits.

Some things that are going to change along with global warming is frost-free and farming season is going to become longer, changes in rain patterns, temperature will continue to increase, more heat waves and droughts, hurricanes are going to be stronger and more intense.  By 2100 sea levels will rise by 1-4 feet at least, and the Arctic will be ice free. Many are asking if it is too late to prevent climate change, some scientists are saying that humans have caused climate change to already happen. They also say that even if we were to stop emitting greenhouse gases global warming would still happen and last decades or even centuries.

So, what are we supposed to do? NASA says there’s two ways that we can help: Mitigation and Adaptation, and Government Resources. Migration is known as reducing climate change, by reducing the flow of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. By reducing these gases we are limiting human interference with the climate system. Adaptation is us adapting to climate change. This is us adjusting to future expected changes. All the earths life we as people have adapted to the changes that have happened. We’ve survived things like plague, heat, cold, weather damage, etc. Who’s to say we can’t survive climate change? Yes, scientists are having their doubts because, they think it’s going to be hard but there’s a chance. There’s always a chance.

We could have prevented climate change but many don’t care enough to do something to fix it. If we were to have taken better care of the earth we could have prevented climate change. We need to start recycling, picking up our trash, taking care of the earth and its residents. Save the turtles, bees, and all other animals that are close to extinction. We have bigger things to do than to fight over the little things. The fighting can wait. We all need to work together and save the planet!

 

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