Climate Change


Sofia Cuertino

    Climate change is an arising issue in the world today. Not only is it affecting humans, it is endangering the entire earth as a whole. There are many people who are skeptical of the reality of climate change, but studies have proven that it is very much real. According to NASA, the overall global temperature has risen 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit since the 18th century. Along with the air temperature, the top 2,300 feet of the ocean have increased in temperature by .4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969. What is causing climate change? Climate change is caused by some gasses in the atmosphere making it to where the heat can’t escape. A few of the gasses responsible are water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and chlorofluorocarbons. But, it is not only the atmosphere up to blame. Humans are a problem too. The last century of burning fossil fuels like coal and oil has greatly added to the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. People tend to ignore the importance of climate change. Results of the increasing temperatures are shrinking glaciers, sooner flowering trees, more intense heat waves, and plant and animal ranges are being shifted. Many people wonder how this can affect them. As climate change continues, the risks are going to get worse. Droughts, stronger storms, rising sea levels, and an ice free arctic are just a few. How can humans prevent these things? We can start by spreading awareness on this issue and working on going waste free, or trying to cut down on electricity. Whatever it is, if everyone can contribute, people can stall the effects of climate change for good.