Climate change has been a redundant topic in today’s environmental debate due to not only concerns of the world
Climate change has been a redundant topic in today’s environmental debate due to not only concerns of the world, but also the credibility of those concerns. Climate change is an unusual change from the regular earth’s temperature. Another way to define it is the “side effects.” For example, melting glaciers, drought, and heavy extreme rainstorms are the side effects of climate change. It has happened on earth many times and will continue to do so if nothing changes. According to nasa.gov, “Many things can cause climate to change all on its own. Earth’s distance from the sun can change. The sun can send out more or less energy. Oceans can change. When a volcano erupts, it can change our climate.” Climate change impacts the planet in different ways and has caused tremendous consequences for our environment, therefore, that have left us to only wonder; if life will change, if we continue to ignore and do nothing. Individuals who do not accept that climate change is a concern to the environment. They risk the extinction of species under projected climate change during and beyond the 21st century, not to mention intensifying competition for water among sectors will occur. This is because climate change can interact with other stressors such as, habitat modification, over-exploitation, pollution, and invasive species. Due to these claims, the question we must address is if climate change is our biggest fear concerning our environment.
The more the climate changes, the fewer homes’ wildlife will have. Not only can nature cause the weather to change drastically but also the people can. Simple tasks and everyday matters such as, driving cars and cooking outside, causes the air to pollute. “Food security is already being impacted in a number of African countries and researchers are studying suggestive links between climate change and an increased likelihood of military conflict,” as said on wired.co. The changes in the weather are affecting animals, humans, and nature itself. Oil companies are a huge part of climate change. It has been said in the past that fossil fuels had nothing to do with the weather extremely changing. Now companies admit that it is one of the causes of climate change. “This is still playing out in ongoing lawsuits against oil companies, but even giants such as Chevron now publicly acknowledge the role that fossil fuel use has played in changing our climate” (Wired.co). Global temperatures have been increasing in recent years. Scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), forecasts a temperature rise of 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century. This is caused as CO2 emits into the atmosphere which creates a greenhouse effect that warms the planet. As the planet warms, more difficulties will arise. Climate change relates to environmental science by deforestation, CO2 emissions from fossil fuels like coal and petroleum. Air and water pollution is going to be a big impact in India. It will affect our food, water, and forestry resources. Another main concern is ocean acidification. This is when the pH of the ocean reduces over a long time. The reef-building corals make skeletons when ocean acidification reduces. The Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory has stated, “The pH of surface ocean waters has fallen by 0.1 pH units. Since the pH scale is logarithmic, this change represents approximately a 30 percent increase in acidity.”
Climate change is a controversial topic and therefore set for debate, but if ignorance for the environment is a valid point, then the two sides can never come to a consensus of opinions. The side that challenges climate change admits that is a problem for another day. Politicians today also argue about the importance and relevance; their points being purely convenient to their campaigns. The con side debates that these human-generated greenhouse gas emissions are too small to change the earth’s climate.
The proof for these points are simply that “climate change is based on questionable measurements, faulty climate models, and misleading science.” This is all due to what happened on June 23, 1988; James Hansen, a scientist of NASA, presented to the US Senate that increases in CO2 were warming the planet and “changing our climate.” However, this was rebuffed at the time as MIT meteorologist Richard Lindzen argued that these computerized climate models were unreliable, and the natural processes would balance out any warming caused by increased CO2, giving the impression that earth is capable of absorbing those increases. By 1990 it was found that “emissions resulting from human activities are substantially increasing the atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gases,” resulting in “additional warming of the earth’s surface. This finally gave the topic importance because on October 13, 1992, The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was signed by President George
Bush. Their goal, stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. As more and more people enter the debate, we cannot ignore that the year 2014 was the hottest year on record across the globe since 1880. Even after all the proof that has been presented there are still people who denounce climate change, US Senator James Inhofe states that “we can all agree that natural variations in the climate are taking place, but man-made global warming still remains a theory.”
Climate change is the side effects of global warming. It is the cause of why seasons are changing extremely in temperature. It is causing winter being warm instead of cold. There are ways to overcome climate change such as, using less gas and water. Many animals are losing homes due to the fact of the temperature drastically changing. The solution to climate change is to eliminate any burning of coal, oil, and natural gas. Burning a gallon of gas for transportation makes 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, so transporting to places walking or in bicycle is better for the environment. A lot of people think that it is a hoax that we’re not responsible towards why climate change is happening. There are many countries in Africa and in Asia that are impacted by climate change and they are, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Ghana, mali, Namibia, etc. There are many reasons why it’s happening and one of them is naturally. The pH of ocean acidification is causing a part of it and the change in temperature in the beginning of every season. Climate change is a major concern in the environment and should be changed before earth becomes an inadequate planet and an inconvenient truth.