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The consequences of climate change


As we have expected, the average global temperatures are indeed on the rise, and I believe all of  us had experienced the consequences of global warming in the past few years. According to scientists, global temperatures will continue to rise over many decades due to greenhouse gas emissions from human activity.

Industrialization and waste disposal methods are significant causes of greenhouse gas, another sources of greenhouse gas emission are deforestation, a tree’s carbon stored for photosynthesis is released when it is felled for heat or goods. Some of the Earth’s emitted energy is trapped by these greenhouse gases, which causes the atmosphere to retain heat.

Recent research has shown that our planet’s surface temperature has increased by 0.14 °  Fahrenheit (0.08 °  Celsius) per decade since 1880, however since 1981, the rate of warming has been nearly twice that: 0.32 °  F (0.18 °𝐶 ) per decade. And the below graph from NOAA can give us a clear understanding of our earth’s yearly temperature from 1880 to 2021. Red bars indicate warmer-than average years; blue bars indicate cooler-than-average years. (NOAA graph, based on data from the National Centers for Environmental Information.)

A small change in temperature could result serious impact on the climate and our environment. Natural environments play a vital role in every aspect of our lives, this includes the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, the plants and animals that grow in wild.


What are the consequences of global climate change?

What will our world be like in future if we do not take actions?


First, our sea level will rise 1-8 feet by 2100. Since 1880, sea levels have risen about 8 inches (0.20 meters) and If carbon emissions continue at our current rate, it may rise as much as 8 feet (2.4 meters) by 2100. This could cause serious problem in some places because flooding can happen from even little changes in sea level.

On the other hand, hurricanes will become stronger and more intense. A NASA article stated that “since the early 1980s, the intensity as well as the frequency of North Atlantic hurricanes has increased. Scientists predict that the intensity and frequency of hurricane-related storms will increase as the climate warms.”

There are many more examples of how global warming stresses our ecosystem such as longer wildfire season, more drought and heat waves in cities, water scarcity, weed and pest invasions. Global warming’s effects are already being felt in every aspect of our lives, and they will worsen if we do not act now. Taking care of nature is our moral responsibility. Not only do we benefit from it, but it is also the right thing to do.

The final question is what can we do to help to stop global warming? Firstly, we could start using energy wisely at home, for example, replacing your gas stove with an electric stove to reduce indoor air pollution. Unplug computers, TVs, and other electronics when they’re not in use. Consider washing and drying clothes in cold water, and switching to energy-efficient light bulbs as well.

Moreover, our daily transportation also takes a huge part in greenhouse gas emission, so try take public transit, ride a bike whenever or wherever you can. Or even considering switch to electric vehicles. We could also invest in renewables, energy-efficient appliances and related companies, or even plant a tree in your backyard would help because trees can absorb carbon dioxide which makes up approximately 82% of our existing greenhouse gas. Let us all stand together, even a small change but if every single one of us can commit, we can make a difference.


Written by Cody


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