For every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction. How can one’s late night drive, or simply the breaths they breath affect the environment? There’s strong evidence supporting global warming, but it’s not as impalpable as scientists make it out to be. Global warming is not just imaginary ice caps melting on the poles of the earth.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2), a gas released in everyday tasks, is the main cause of global warming. If not naturally recycled the gas goes into the atmosphere and acts as a blanket around the earth. Now, imagine being in a small room with no vents or Windows and you’re with ten other people breathing at an average rate. The temperature in the room will become greater and greater, because of the CO2 trapping the heat being released by each person.
Let’s talk about the causes of this greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, and why it builds. It starts with us. You get into your car and drive, the car burns fuel, and releases carbon dioxide as a waste product. Let’s say you’re on your way to drop your trash of at the dump, if your waste is no put in a landfill it will be shipped to a factory where it can be disposed of or recycled. In that process your trash will be incinerated, which will result in clouds of waste (CO2 a result of fire / burn oxygen) going into the atmosphere.
Car emissions and waste from landfills are two of the biggest contributors to the greenhouse effect, followed by deforestation, another man made disaster. Most trees are used for heat, paper, etc.. Which all result in the release of CO2 , but what is most important about the trees is that they are the only natural recycler of CO2 itself. So by destroying millions of acres of trees, humans maximize the carbon footprint.
Global warming’s effects are not simply raising the earth’s temperature a few degrees. We live in a fragile biosphere, and once messed with, the ripple effect of these few degrees is disastrous. Because of the death degrees of climate change, the winters are less severe making it so there are early springs, which may seem like a good thing. This slight change in season results in extreme droughts, which cause rampant forest fires.
Forest fires are one of the leading factors in the amount of carbon dioxide that exists in the atmospheres. In addition to deforestation and its affect, millions of trees are destroyed in forest fires and exuberant amounts of CO2 are pumped into the atmosphere. Natural disasters that are caused by global warming, only worsen the tremulous effects of global warming itself.
It’s not just land, plants, and animals being affected by global warming. Not only have the sea levels risen 8 inches since 1870, but the sea itself has changed. When CO2 is mixed with H2O it creates a compound called carbonic acid. Acidity levels of the sea have risen 25% since the 1700. It may not be an extreme change in consideration to time, but it’s predicted that by NASA that coral reefs and many other sea biomes will cease to exist within the next decade. Now is the time to pay attention, global warming is beginning to drastically affect life as we know it.
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