Global warming is an issue that will have an impact on everyone, no matter where you live, where you go to school, or what you believe in. Scientists have been keeping track of Earth’s temperatures since the late 1800s and over the past century Earth’s average temperature has risen by 1.4 degrees Celsius, and is projected to continue increasing in the future. This increase in Earth’s temperature has many effects including more natural disasters, hotter temperatures, extreme weather, rise in sea levels, changes to agriculture, and water shortages. Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree the rise in earth’s average temperature has been caused by human activity. Humans burn fossil fuels in order to get energy to heat buildings , drive cars, and provide electricity, all of which are important aspects of people’s daily lives. But every year, this use of fossil fuels releases 35 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This carbon dioxide increases the acidity of the ocean, threatening the ecosystems inhabiting these bodies of water. It’s also bad for people who rely on seafood and for people who have jobs in the seafood industry. According to a National Geographic,study, by 2100, sea levels are projected to rise between 2.5 and 6.5 feet. If the Greenland ice sheets completely melt, it is predicted that sea levels could rise as much as 23 feet. That would be enough to submerge London.
Global warming is continuing to get worse, and so are the problems that a warming climate causes. The damages that have been caused to our planet are serious and some even irreversible. Donald Trump, the new President of the United States, has publicly declared that like other members of the GOP,he thinks climate change is a hoax. Trump has promised to boost drilling for fossil fuels, an action that would contribute greatly to global warming. By drilling more fossil fuels, more greenhouse gases will be emitted, which will contribute to global warming and cause all of the side effects of global warming.
Trump has made it clear that he will try and dismantle many of President Obama’s steps towards fighting climate change. This includes the Clean Power Plan, a regulation that would aim to cut back carbon emissions from nuclear power plants; and removing the United States from the Paris agreement, an agreement between 175 countries to fight climate change. His pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency is Scott Pruitt, former attorney general of Oklahoma. Pruitt views climate change as a topic up for debate and has a history of doubting the human impact on climate change as well as being against regulations meant to help control climate change.
Our planet is already in serious danger, and the propositions made by Trump would put us in an even worse situation. It is more important now than ever before for individuals to go green, and do what they can to help the environment.
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