It's Time For a Change - Global Warming and its Effects
By: Leslie Sanchez
What is global warming? If you didn’t know already, global warming is an ongoing rise of Earth’s climate system and is a serious issue as it puts us at risk of making the Earth unlivable. This is due to emissions of greenhouse gases, which produce more atmospheric carbon dioxide and contribute to the destruction of the ozone layer. The ozone layer is what protects everything on Earth from the sun’s harmful UV radiation. As this is being weakened, more heat is going through the layer. Soon, the layer will be too weak to hold any radiation back and the Earth will become an inhabitable environment. This process is already impacting the Earth overall and WILL worsen over time.
Global warming is continuing to affect more and more places around the world, creating a rise in temperatures, rise in sea level, and declines in the Arctic sea ice extent. According to NASA, the overall average global temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 19th century. In the past few years, due to the intense temperature changes, there has been an influx in wildfires and droughts. Glaciers have been shrinking and declining, heat waves have become more frequent, and ice has been melting sooner than expected. These horrible impacts will continue to increase, damaging the Earth and all living things on it.
“Air quality is getting really bad. There’s a lot more fires than there used to be; it’s cold in May but hot all the way until December. There is a lot of bad things going on right now that can only be described by global warming,” mentioned Senior Tony Monroe.
Many people believe that global warming is a hoax and was a topic created by a group of scientists that don’t know what they're talking about.
“I heard that one of the biggest icebergs in Greenland. There’s an actual hole in the middle of it, like it’s melting from the inside. So this just shows how effective this [global warming] is,” said Senior Belen Robles.
Scientists are confident that global warming will continue to worsen through the years as human emissions of greenhouse gases will be continued to be produced.
Here are some ways you could help reduce these chances before it’s too late: recycling more, using less electricity, or planting a tree. All these activities are helpful towards the environment and help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere. We can help prevent the ongoing process of global warming by doing something now and using the ability to help reverse this serious issue before it’s irreversible.