Global Warming and its International Affects

Global warming has been a hot topic in many sources of media, but many sources also focus on the impact of reusable products on the environment over the immense damage already done and the urgency we must obtain in order to save our planets resources.

Global Warming and its International Affects

Eran Bagwell, Contributor

The Earth’s global temperature has risen 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880 and carbon dioxide has reached the highest level in 650,000 years (NASA). Carbon dioxide is the gas that traps heat: the greenhouse gas. The rise of carbon dioxide also means the rise of temperature. As NASA reports, “Over the past 170 years, human activities have raised atmospheric concentrations of CO2 by 47% above pre-industrial levels found in 1850.” The evidence presented shows the real impact that humans have on the environment and how industrial progress has impacted civilization in a progressive way, but our Earth in an extremely harmful and possibly fatal way.

A result of global warming is rising sea levels. The global sea level has risen 8-9 inches since 1880. Evidence proposed by climate.gov states that “The rising water level is mostly due to a combination of meltwater from glaciers and ice sheets and thermal expansion of seawater as it warms.” This evidence also proposes the issue of glacial melting and the threat to arctic animals because of the collapse of the environment. Arctic animals have adapted to freezing temperatures and their bodies have created the necessary fat and fur to keep them warm in these harsh temperatures, but as the harsh temperatures rise, the animals are overheating and food is becoming sparse, leading to extinction of many arctic animals.

Focusing on how sea levels affect humans: 40 percent of humans live near or on coastal areas that can experience sea levels rising. Climate.gov  also visits this issue stating, “Roads, bridges, subways, water supplies, oil and gas wells, power plants, sewage treatment plants, landfills… are all at risk from sea level rise.” This is a small amount of things most people use on a daily basis, and the sea level rise will cause the ocean to come farther inland, soaking our grounds and having the power to ruin underground institutions. Even houses, condos, or apartments living near beaches and on the shore lines are at risk for flooding. In poor countries and poor communities, there are existing issues of corruption, and the sea level rising poses a fatal threat as many families and governments cannot afford to save their people and their homes.

Poverty and global warming go hand in hand. In rich countries and wealthy cities, people have the ability to make a living through the climate crisis because many jobs do not rely on the earth and climate. In poor countries like Niger, many families rely on agriculture and natural resources. Crops are dying and natural resources are being stripped due to high influx of temperature. The climate change has also caused conflict between poor communities, many groups claiming an area with resources and using it as their farming land has created tension between others because of the desperation and loss surrounding everyone and the fear of fatal losses (Mercy Corps).

How should the general population go about this international climate crisis? The biggest need is lowering our carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon dioxide is a huge factor trapping heat and causing the global temperature to rise. Lowering the use of cars and taking public transportation can cause a huge impact if enough people do it.  Saving natural resources as well–saving our rainforests and using clean energy like solar and wind are great examples of this to bring electricity into our homes with a cleaner energy. The earth is suffering and it is now our job to bring it back. (EPA)