Believe it or not global warming is real
November 2, 2011
Filed under Opinion
The facts are as follows, people.
Polar ice caps are melting, ocean levels are rising, and global temperatures are increasing.
It is obvious that something is wrong with our planet and science proves that global warming is the cause.
Global Warming is happening in our world and part of the blame falls on human beings and their denial.
Though many have tried to deny it, a massive study by the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project has concluded that global warming is real, and the climate skeptics had better believe it.
Researchers found that average temperatures have risen one degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, since the mid-1950s.
The rise in temperature is caused by greenhouse gases that are absorbed into the earth’s ozone layer.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, greenhouse gasses trap heat and emit thermal radiation into the atmosphere.
Even though these gases are necessary to keep the planet’s surface warmer than it otherwise would be, the concentration of these gases continues to climb, and it’s causing the Earth’s temperature to increase above normal levels.
This should deeply concern people everywhere, because it affects their future and the future of generations to come.
Most of the warming that has occurred in the past decades is the direct result of human activity.
The EPA states that more than half of energy-related CO2 emissions come from large stationary sources such as power plants, while about a third comes from motor vehicles. This type of human activity affects not only humans, but animals as well.
Remember those depressing commercials about the plight of endangered polar bears?
Well, they were not a hoax.
The warming is causing glaciers to melt and species like polar bears, among many more, are suffering the consequences.
They are unable to adapt, and these changes are leading them to extinction.
It is foolish to think that our technological advancements wouldn’t come at a price to nature.
“The best science shows with high confidence that the warming is primarily from greenhouse-gas increases, especially CO2,” said Richard Alley, a professor of geosciences at Pennsylvania State University.
Alley is considered to be one of the world’s leading climate researchers, and an expert on global warming.
Alley believes that based on natural factors the earth should be cooling, yet it is warming significantly.
“CO2 interacting with Earth’s energy budget, together with the well-documented rise in CO2, caused mainly by fossil-fuel burning, explain the observed warming,” he said.
It is also aided by the effects of other greenhouse gases that we produce, like methane and nitrous oxide.
A national inventory of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, published by the Environmental Protection Agency, shows that in 2008, the U.S. emitted slightly less than seven billon metric tons of greenhouse gases.
Keep in mind that a million metric tons of CO2 is close to what an average American power plant emits in a year.
There are now seven billion people living on this planet, and with the growing technological advancements that are arising, did we really think there wouldn’t be massive consequences?
The human race relies heavily on burning fossil fuels, forcing our planet into a downward spiral.
So, why is global warming so hard for people to accept?
We brought it upon ourselves and those who still remain in denial need to shake their delusional thinking and accept the fact that the future of the world is at stake.
Power plants, industry, transportation, and other man-made advancements all produce greenhouse gas.
However, now that we know more of what is causing global warming, we can make the changes necessary to solve this problem.
It is crucial that everyone knows that our world is in danger.
The calamity is upon us, but there are measures that can help minimize its effects on earth.
We must find ways to curb emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses.
Simple things like using fluorescent light bulbs, conserving energy, recycling and driving hybrid cars can help minimize effects and slow the process of global warming.
The future of the planet lies in our hands, so it is up to us to make a difference and save our planet.