Climate change is an ongoing threat to the well-being of our planet; this is no longer up for debate. The damage continues as humans add greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, to the atmosphere. These gases then trap heat within the atmosphere and cause the temperature of the planet to rise.
Since the 19th century, the planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.1 degrees Celsius (2 degrees Fahrenheit). However, according to NASA, most of the warming has taken place in just the last 35 years. Since 2001, 16 of the warmest 17 years on record have taken place—with 2016 being the warmest.
While, numerically, that may not seem like a big deal, it has had a tremendous impact on Earth’s ecosystems. Warming oceans are affecting everything from the migration and breeding patterns of animals to coral reefs. Glaciers are shrinking in size in almost every part of the world. Dead zones in the oceans are getting larger. The global sea level is rising, putting one billion people in danger.
Deforestation is killing our rainforests and adding a frightening amount of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Entire species of animals are becoming extinct at an alarming rate. Severe storms are increasing as the planet warms and the list goes on and on.
The Global Climate recognizes that awareness is key in the fight to save the planet. Our goal is to bring our readers well-researched information to help them better understand the impact climate change is having on our environment. Sometimes it can be hard to cut through all the noise and figure out what is going on, that’s where we come in. The hope is that when our readers leave our site, they will have the tools they need to better fight back against the destruction of our planet.
Together we can stop climate change and save our planet.