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.
Global Warming Myths / Is It Real or Not?
There are different myths about global warming that confuse many people who do not fully understand the Earth, its natural processes, and its limits. These myths have made it difficult to involve more individuals in the effort to counter climate change at a global scale. Some of these myths are discussed below:
Global Warming Myths / It’s a Natural Cycle
Myth #1: The Earth has gone through periods of warming and cooling in the past and the current warming we experience is part of the planet’s natural cycle.
Although it is true that the planet has gone through several periods of warming and cooling, the rate at which global warming is occurring at present is too fast when compared to historical standards. Scientists attribute cycles to many different factors including fractional changes in the Earth’s rotation and tilt. The present warming, however, shouldn’t be occurring so rapidly if it weren’t for the significant increase in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere.
Global Warming Myths / It’s Just a Little Warming
Myth #2: The Earth’s temperature increase of just a few degrees is not something to be alarmed about.
In just the last century, the Earth’s average surface temperature has already risen by 0.74Â°C. Although it might not seem too significant, it has already caused a 7-inch rise in average sea levels. The rise in global temperature has also affected not just agricultural activities but also wildlife and ecosystems.
Global Warming Myths / Human Effect Isn’t Substantial
Myth #3: Only a small fraction of CO2 emissions are contributed by human beings. The current occurrence of global warming must be natural because human activities do not have a significant effect on the atmosphere’s greenhouse gas concentrations.
Prior to the Industrial Revolution, CO2 emissions were at the level that natural processes could remove. Since the Industrial Revolution took place, human activities have caused CO2 in the atmosphere to double. Since CO2 emissions have become too high for the world’s forests and oceans to absorb, a rapid accumulation of CO2 has been occurring in the atmosphere. Changes in land use as well as human emissions of other greenhouse gases like nitrous oxide and methane have also contributed greatly to global warming.
Global Warming Myths / CO2 Is Easy to Remove
Myth #4: It’s quite easy to remove CO2 from the atmosphere so there’s really nothing to worry about.
Global warming is not something that can be quickly halted. This is because it takes many centuries for CO2 and other greenhouse gases to disappear from the atmosphere. This means that the atmosphere will not immediately revert to its state before the Industrial Revolution even if we completely eliminate our emissions today. However, we do have to start cutting our emissions now so that future generations of human beings will not be subjected to the irreversible consequences and dangers of climate change.
Human beings definitely contribute a lot to global warming. But to those who still think that global warming is a myth, the fact that excess carbon dioxide is harmful to human beings should be enough motivation to reduce emissions.
Global Warming Myths / Sources
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