Benefits of Recycling.com is presenting this series of pages on global warming becaue we believe there is evidence to support it is real. Even so, we are open to be proven wrong, which is why there are pages on why it is not real. Fair is fair.
The truth is we just want people to be aware that human activities have the possibility of creating adverse effects in the US, Antarctica, Greenland, and throughout the world.
Whether you believe global warming is real or not, we invite you to read what we have uncovered on the many pages of this site… and beyond. Remember, knowledge is power.
Facts on Global Warming / Rapid and Unnatural
Generally, global warming is not bad as the Earth has already warmed and cooled several times over its estimated 4.5 billion years of existence. However, global warming as we know it today is bad as it refers to the rapid and unnatural increase of the planet’s average surface air temperature.
This increase is expected to cause dramatic changes in climate which will surely affect all life on Earth.
Facts on Global Warming / It’s a Heat Wave
There can be no doubt that global warming is already taking place. In fact, the ten warmest years of record occurred between the years 1997-2008. Heat waves are also becoming more common and more intense, causing more heat wave-related deaths.
The highest incidence of heat wave-related deaths was recorded in 2003 when approximately 35,000 people died in Europe. Should world temperatures continue to increase at the current rate, human populations to come will surely be deprived of the hospitable climate we enjoy today.
Because of the dramatic rate at which the globe is warming, the glaciers and ice caps in Antarctica and around the world could melt. This will cause some parts of the world to experience a rise in sea levels while other parts will experience water shortages.
Sea levels have already risen between five and nine inches within the past century and it is still rising. Keep in mind that even just a 4-inch rise can flood many different islands and coastal cities. At the current rate of global warming, scientists believe that global sea levels can rise by up to six feet.
Facts on Global Warming / Nature’s Fury
Although climate change is just starting, we already experience a number of its negative effects. Within the past few years, natural disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, and droughts have increased in frequency and intensity. In 2005, there were more severe hurricanes and storms than any other year. Scientists believe that the increase was due to Atlantic temperatures warming.
The change in climate has also caused crop failure leading to famines and food shortages especially in the tropics. Even deadly tropical diseases like dengue fever and malaria have spread to more temperate countries because of climate change. Many species are also becoming endangered due to changing ecosystems. Should we fail to stop climate change, we will soon experience worse consequences.
Facts on Global Warming / Fuel and Carbon Emissions
In recent years, more people have become aware of the role of fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions in global warming. In spite of that fact, fossil fuel use around the world is still increasing each year. The number of utilized automobiles (one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions) is also increasing at an estimated sixteen million per year.
The climate seems to be changing at a rate faster than the Earth has ever experienced but there’s much we can do to curb global warming. If we don’t take action now, global warming could soon become uncontrollable and the land you’re standing on may be an ocean or a desert within the next 25 to 100 years.
Facts on Global Warming / Sources
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