The real fear humans have to worry about

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The real fear humans have to worry about

Global warming is the single most important issue facing humans today. Global warming isn’t an issue of us against them, but an issue of the human species having to make great changes in order to save our planet. NASA has said “The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia. “Global Warming is caused by the greenhouse effect which is when gasses in the earth’s atmosphere get trapped in the sun’s heat. Humans are speeding up this process by burning more fossil fuels and deforestation. By burning more fossil fuels and cutting down trees we are allowing there to be more harmful gasses in our atmosphere that holds in the heat. Carbon Dioxide is extremely detrimental when there is too much of it in our atmosphere. Currently Carbon Dioxide levels are off the charts and haven’t ever been this high. The earth goes through phases like the ice age and such, but looking back even through the warm stages of the earth it has never been this bad before.

You maybe asking yourself okay but how is global warming effecting me? Global warming has caused there to be more droughts and more forest fires. The Union of Concerned Scientists said “The effects of global warming on temperature, precipitation levels, and soil moisture are turning many of our forests into kindling during wildfire season.” Not only are fires increasing but also other natural disasters like hurricanes. In past years there have been more and more hurricanes that have been stronger and more damaging than other hurricane seasons. NASA says “Hurricane-associated storm intensity and rainfall rates are projected to increase as the climate continues to warm.” Farming will also be effected because there will be more droughts and pests that will get to the plants and negatively effect the crops.

Global warming has also effected polar bears and penguins. The ice is melting and there have actually been reports of polar bears drowning trying to find ice to live on. The penguins are having a harder time finding krill to eat since global warming is effecting the krill in the ocean as well. In the ocean’s coral reefs are dying, Scientists are worried that the coral reefs won’t have time to adapt to the temperature change and just die out. “We’ve seen half of the corals on the Great Barrier Reef killed by climate change in just two years,” Mark Eakin, study author and coordinator for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Watch, wrote in an email. “This study shows that the coral reefs that have been least affected by heat stress in the past are more sensitive to heat stress than we realized. It also shows climate change threatens the diversity that is the hallmark of coral reefs.” Global warming is obviously negativity effecting our Earth and us as humans. Change is necessary and needs to happen now there are many ways to help like using solar energy, driving less, and also recycling. Every human needs to start helping out in order to save the world.