Sunday, November 1, 2015
Global Warming, what is it, what causes it, how serious is it? Global Warming is a phrase we hear quite often, on the news, in the papers. What is it? In layman's terms it means, carbon dioxide that is released into the air causes the creation a type of atmospheric blanket. This blanket holds more heat in the atmosphere causing the Earths surface temperature to rise. Now this Global Warming is causing a more sever event, that is heard every where, Climate Change. Climate Change is very complex issue with many moving parts. the long term effects of Climate Change are hard to predict. Scientists have been able to link some weather related deserters together to predict earths future extreme weather events. No where in the list of possible vents is there mention of a sixty foot storm surge putting Manhattan under water. Here are just a few things that scientists have seen in the recent years: longer and hotter heat waves, the largest drought in the last fifty years, more and more sever wild fires. All of these things are increasing in numbers and in severity. the rise in heat in the first half of 2012 lead to the death of 74 Americans. Experts say that if the temperatures keep rising that an additional 150,000 Americans will die from heat related deaths by the end of the century. The rise in temperatures can also lead to a rise in infectious diseases and contaminated water supplies. Climate Change also causes more extreme storms. With theses storms comes increased rain storms in isolated areas causing flooding. This flooding has lead to loss of life as well as millions of dollars in property damage. As ironic as it sounds with all of this rainfall come major drought. The major droughts causes major losses in farm production. This causes food prices to go up. Causing the cost of living to go up. The last major effete Climate Change has on the earth is wildfires. Even if you are not in a region that is directly effected by the fires, the smoke from the fire travels up into the atmosphere. The smoke in the atmosphere affects many people even those relatively far away. No one knows how long this change will go on for or how intense it will get. However even a little change in the Earths climate can change the world.