22 May What does climate change mean?
You’ve probably seen debates about climate change everywhere – it’s an all-encompassing term that is usually used to group together a range of catastrophic weather changes that have been increasing in frequency. Although many like to argue that there is no evidence that climate changes are occurring, this is far from the truth. So what is the truth?
Earth is currently over one degree Celsius hotter than it was 150 years ago, and this rise can be directly attributed to the industrial revolution. This has occurred despite the Earth currently being in a cooling period, where temperatures should be falling. What’s more, there are clear links between climate change and extreme weather events such as bushfires, heatwaves, melting permafrost, storms, and heavy rainfall. This means that in countries such as Australia, we are likely to experience extreme cyclones, flooding, and even harsher summers – all before 2050.
What’s causing climate change?
97% of scientists worldwide agree that humans are causing the current trend of climate change. This is not a period in Earth’s temperature cycle where we should be seeing a rise in temperatures, yet our activities have caused significant environmental changes.
Humans have directly affected We rely on a consistent layer of gases in the lower atmosphere to trap heat as the Earth’s surface reflects it, which keeps a consistent temperature. Natural processes such as decomposition and respiration, but human activities such as farming and burning of fossil fuels have caused emissions to occur at levels that have never been seen before. In addition to this, deforestation has significantly reduced the amount of plant life available to convert excess CO2 into oxygen, which would usually offset natural emissions.
What are the effects?
Aside from severe weather events and ocean acidification, mass species extinction will begin as temperatures increase. The flooding caused by extreme weather events is also already starting to cause human displacement, with rising sea levels destroying some small islands. What’s more, if sea levels continue to rise, Venice will be completely underwater by the end of the century.
What do we do now?
Investing in eliminating fossil fuels and reducing animal farming are the two most viable options at present.
The burning of fossil fuels contributes to more than half of global emissions. By converting energy usage to renewable sources such as wind and solar energy, we can significantly reduce emissions in the coming years, with the goal of eliminating emissions by the end of the century.
As agriculture contributes a further quarter of total emissions, converting eating habits to more sustainable, plant-based diets will have a huge effect on the health of the planet. Not only this, but plant-based diets have been repeatedly linked with significantly healthier lifestyles.
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