Every year, nearly six hundred polar bears die. No one took it seriously. No one really cared. But what if people were dying, would we take it seriously then? Climate change is not a joke and it is tearing our earth apart. Climate change has been around for almost 200 years, and is now becoming an unavoidable problem. It will have a permanent effect on our Earth and needs to be dealt with, yet people still believe it is a hoax. Early in the 1800s, greenhouse gases started warming up the earth.
As humans started using trains, factories, and cars, climate change became inevitable. Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the acidity of ocean waters has increased by about 30 percent. This increase is the result of humans emitting more harmful gases like Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere and hence more being absorbed into the oceans.
The amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by the surface of the oceans is increasing by about 2 billion tons per year.
With our technology now, in 2018, we are causing even more damage than before. Studies show that the ice sheets are becoming thinner. Greenland has lost nearly 300 billion tons of ice from 1993 to 2016. Close behind them, Antarctica has lost about 120 billion tons in the same period of time. The drastic temperature change is a key point in the climate change argument. The global temperature has increased by 2 degrees over the last 200 years. This is a very prominent change, as 2 degrees over 4000 miles of land and sea is very noticable.
Two-thirds of this warming has occurred in the last 40 years. This is evidence our greenhouse gases and extended use of cars, power plants, and other transportation.
The anomaly of temperature mainly lies in the northern hemisphere, where the majority of production is held. This shows that our greenhouse gases really are the focal point of climate change, as this evidence is very clear where the main problem stems from. Many areas are being negatively affected by this temperature change. Coupled by storms and ocean acidity, an absurd number of organisms have to move from their original habitats to a distant land just so they can survive. Organisms that have calcium carbonate shells or skeletons are the main organisms affected. This includes sea snails, and coral. The shells of the mollusks have their shells completely dissolved off their backs, leaving them absolutely defenseless and vulnerable to their many predators due to their small size. Coral reefs are not as highly targeted by other organisms, but are a key organism in the ocean bed.
The problem ocean acidity is causing is that it is corroding the skeletons of the coral. This makes it significantly harder to build the coral reefs that are sustainable food sources, and form barriers from tidal waves and extremities in our ocean affecting our mainland. The destruction of these due to our mistakes can permanently harm our land, and wipe out cities if it gets bad enough from things like tsunamis and tidal waves. The heat is melting our ice all over the world. The glacier caps are visibly decreasing in size. This, in turn, is increasing our water level immensely. This is a global anomaly, and it makes some lands be completely covered by water. The snow is also suffering like the caps. There is less global snow coverage, and snow does not coat the ground as easily as it did, since the temperatures are so much hotter.
Even snow caps on the mountains are retreating, meaning less habitats for animals that live near snow caps. Polar bears, penguins, and fish all die constantly every day. Polar bears drown or freeze to death, fish get too cold, and penguins have no fish to eat. The snow also makes it hard for those like snow foxes and arctic wolves to live, as they easily overheat in any warm temperatures. The melting of ice and snow is detrimental and will permanently affect the endangered species and habitats of the animals. Another topic worth mentioning is the California fires. Although these fires are natural for this state, in the last 20 years, California has had the most driest and blistering summers. Since the 1980s, the impact of the fires have increased. 15 of the largest California fires have happened since 2000. “Over the past century, California has warmed by about three degrees Fahrenheit.
That extra-warmed air sucks water out of plants and soils, leaving the trees, shrubs, and rolling grasslands of the state dry and primed to burn.” (Borunda 1). Though the amount of wildfires aren’t increasing, the acres they burn are. The most recent one that happened in November of 2018, 1.34 million acres were burned. Some argue that climate change isn’t real, that it’s all a hoax. They believe that it’s a political thing or even scientists making it up just to make money. ‘U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth (D-CO) was fully committed to the political agenda and the deception. As he explained in a 1993 comment, “We’ve got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing.…’” (Harris 1). President Donald Trump even tweeted “Global warming is based on faulty science and manipulated data which is proven by the emails that were leaked.” When someone with a platform like our president says something fake, there’s going to be many people who believe it. It’s unfortunate that there’s so much proof towards global warming yet so many people think it is fake.
The evidence supporting how climate change is real is undeniable. Animals are constantly dying, habitats are being forcibly moved due to unliveable surroundings, and the ice and snow is melting at an alarming rate. Temperature has increased dramatically, and storms are at the highest of all time globally. This news is alarming, and is one of the biggest problems in our environment of all time. We have ways of aiding the fight against an absurd use of carbon dioxide gases. We have hybrid cars, solar power, and hydropower for example. We do not need to only use gasoline and coal, as it had always plagued our environment. If we do not stop, it could cause even more permanent problems in our life.