Updated on October 30, 2021
What Are The Causes And Effects Of Global Warming?
Many have raised questions about what exactly is causing global warming. It’s been called a hoax, a scam, and an theory that will end up being debunked before the end of time. However, we do know this much. There are certain culprits that can be blamed for our present global warming situation.
The major players include the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas, carbon dioxide released from the burning of trees, the melting of the ice in the Polar Regions, and changes in the earth’s orbit. These are all natural processes that go on in the background of climate change. They are not the cause of global warming. The heat that is caused by these natural processes is absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere, and the trapped heat is released. But the release of that heat is changing the earth’s temperature which has global warming implications.
Global Warming is having a significant effect on the earth’s climate. It’s a real problem that must be dealt with now. Some of the effects of global warming that have been noted are the reduction in snowfall, rising of water levels, glacier retreat, changes in tropical cyclones, increase in wildfire areas, disruption of insect and pest behavior, and alterations in the earth’s atmospheric patterns. We’re already experiencing many of these effects of global warming. So how can we stop it?
First, we must stop burning fossil fuels like coal, natural gas, and oil. This is a difficult pill to swallow. We need to replace them with clean, sustainable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric power. Biofuels, bioatrogen, vegetable oil, and other biomass based energy resources could play a large part in reducing or even eliminating this warming effect. Alternative fuel research should continue.
One of the effects of global warming that is visible is the rapid rise in Earth’s temperature. Over the last century, average temperatures worldwide have risen about two degrees. We can expect this trend to continue. Although scientists aren’t entirely sure why, they believe the meltdown of ice sheets may be a factor. Additionally, farming and other human activities may be having a significant impact on our climate. Some blame global warming on extreme weather events and industrial pollution.
Other effects of global warming are visible in our weather. Extreme weather events have increased over the last 50 years in many parts of the world. Some scientists attribute this to global warming. Rapid temperature increases, called ‘oscars’, are now evident in many places around the world.
Our homes are another important place where effects of global warming directly affect us. Carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, especially in the US, cause a large portion of the acid in our air. When it rains, acid levels in the atmosphere increase and neutralize the earth’s initial alkalinity, which causes rain to be more acidic. In the tropical areas of the planet, this effect of global warming directly results in hurricanes. It is likely that future increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide will result in increased hurricane activity.
The list of direct effects of global warming is incredibly long. Many of the effects of global warming are occurring right now, in the present, in the near future, or could occur in the very near future. Changes in our climate will continue over time as we continue to burn fossil fuels. If we hope to have any hope of avoiding drastic global warming, we must cut our usage of fossil fuels now.
How exactly does global warming directly affect us? Global warming can have direct negative effects on us, such as a change in our climate or in local temperatures. Because the earth’s temperature varies so much between days and nights, day and night, the effects of global warming directly can vary by location. For example, in Alaska, winter lasts almost twelve months and in the southern states it is short-lived, with summer lasting only about four months. Extreme weather events have a direct effect on the coastlines of coastal regions. Coastal erosion and flooding can significantly reduce the flow of rivers and the delivery of oxygen into oceans and lakes.
Because of these direct global warming effects, the loss of wildlife and plants that use these natural supplies of food and oxygen can have serious consequences for the ecosystems. Forests and grasslands cannot produce enough food or cover the ground in enough quantity to prevent losses due to global warming. Changes in the earth’s ocean currents can also have a direct impact on the planet’s climate. Ocean acidification and warming caused by rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are the result of this.
It is believed that a major factor behind global warming is the release of greenhouse gases from our burning fossil fuels. Other natural causes of global warming include: melting ice caps, rising water levels, and changes in the earth’s ocean currents. Man made pollutants are believed to be a minor contributing factor. Although the evidence is still unclear regarding the most likely cause of global warming, the best we can do is try to lessen the impact it has. The best way to lower the impact of global warming is to quit burning fossil fuels for energy production, and switch to cleaner energy sources such as wind and solar power.