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  • Jennifer He


Global warming has been a big controversy over the past few decades, or is it? No, you might want to think about it again. Global warming results when the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), Chlorofluorocarbons, methane, air pollution, lead, nitrogen oxide, ozone, particulate matter, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and other non-stated greenhouse gases that collect into the atmosphere. Which it then absorbs sunlight and solar radiation that have bounced off the earth's surface. Huge list, isn’t it? That isn’t even the whole picture. This problem has huge impacts on all of us, animals, our environment, the future, and much more. Many would think it’s not a big deal and that it’s not going to affect them. So why should I care? People might think, "It will be better if we just move on and ignore it. The problem will disappear somehow. There will be some magical unicorn that will fly over this world, drop huge ice blocks, and turn this world into glittery perfection". That is really not the case. This is the world we are talking about here, but this is also where you live. If the world had vanished, tell me, where would you be standing right now? Earth has provided lots of resources for us. Though we can not be selfish with it because nature will always have its way, it’s facts. In nature, there will always be balance. Truth be told, we are the ones that need this world. Not the other way around. In a world without humans, nature takes back over and rebuilds itself. Climate change has been increasing rapidly. Back in 1950, the CO2 levels were in the 300s, but today it has reached the 400s and is close to surpassing 420. Including the planet’s avenger temperature has risen 1.62 Fahrenheit since the 19th century. Most of the warming temperature start had started in the past 35 years taking place since 2010. Not only was 2016 the warmest year, but also right now, in 2019, 8 out of the 12 months of the year have been the warmest in the respective past months. The ocean has taken around 700 meters, about 2,300 ft, which is 0.4 Fahrenheit degrees warmth increase since 1969. Between 1939 and 2016, Greenland has lost about 286 billion tons of ice. While Antarctica lost about 127 billion ton of ice has tripled in the last recent decades. Glacial retreats are happening everywhere, going from the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, Rockies, Alaska to Africa. Snow Covers have been decreasing in the last five years. Global sea level rose about 8 inches in the past century. The statistics, however, have doubled and are increasing more and more each year. The numbers in the USA for low low-temperature weather has decreased and has only been increasingly high hot weather. Overall, even though there are so many ingredients that make up this mess, the ones truly behind this masterpiece are us humans. Everything, including things such as carbon dioxide, are emitted by us humans.

"Taken as a whole, the range of published evidence indicates that the net damage costs of climate change are likely to be significant and to increase over time."

- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Effects due to these problems will continue to go on for centuries to come, and they're not planning to end anytime soon. The temperature will continue rising up. The crop growing season has lengthened. The precipitation pattern has increased ever since the 1900s, but others have increased past the national average. There are definitely more upcoming heat waves and droughts, which leads to hurricanes to be more intense and stronger. It also leads to sea levels rising higher due to the ice caps melting, which could lead to floods. If earthquakes were to ever occur, we are also increasingly likely to face tsunamis as a result. Arctic ice is going to decrease through melting, and many US regions will definitely be affected by this. Our solution is yes, look to the government for the change such as NASA. But that will take the minutes that you yourself be a part of instead of just counting on another person. Everyone's individual actions really lead to a positive change. Please, let’s make a world where it’s not only a place where we take from but a place to appreciate.

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