Planet Earth’s Climate Is Changing Here’s Why
Planet Earth is warming up, there’s no denying it. This is a fact that some people choose to ignore, but the effects of climate change are all around us. And unfortunately, these effects are becoming more and more pronounced with each passing year. But what contributes to the changing climate we see and live with every day?
Temperature Records Are Breaking Everywhere
Watching the temperature records being broken around the world is starting to feel normal.
The scientific evidence is solid, and now, along with many other indications, we’re seeing the effects of human-induced climate change with our own eyes.
There’s no denying it—the climate here on Planet Earth is warming. Weather records are being broken all over the world. Polar ice caps and glaciers are melting.
And experts say it’s a trend that’s likely to continue for many years to come. Global warming is, in fact, occurring all around us in both extremely hot and cold temperatures.
Climate deniers will try to say Planet Earth’s climate has always changed, and yes it has. The difference this time is that we are the cause of it, not some volcanic eruption or asteroid hitting us.
We are causing this change by pumping greenhouse gases into our atmosphere at an unprecedented rate.
By doing that, we change the temperature of Planet Earth. The fact that it has been hotter than normal for several years in a row is evidence of this warming trend.
Research has highlighted how much urgency there is to curb climate change and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas.
And they show why it’s so important for countries around the world to act on climate change now before things get worse.
The Greenhouse Effects Contribution to Global Warming
Although the cause of global warming is argued by many, there are indicators of its presence. One obvious indicator is the increase in temperatures.
The temperature rise can be seen through temperature records and ice core samples.
An interesting trend was found when looking at the data from temperature records and that is the increase in temperature appears to have gone up more than once.
The greenhouse effect is a natural process that keeps Planet Earth at a liveable temperature.
The sun sends energy to Planet Earth in the form of visible light, ultraviolet rays, and infrared radiation. Because it’s hotter than space, our atmosphere and clouds absorb some of this radiation, warming Planet Earth.
But when some of the heat re-radiates back out into space, it doesn’t escape as easily as it does from an icy planet like Mars.
The greenhouse effect traps some of those heat waves and keeps them from leaving Planet Earth’s surface.
Water vapour, carbon dioxide and methane are the most important greenhouse gases. Nitrous oxide also plays a role, though not as large as carbon dioxide or methane.
Ozone (O3) is also a greenhouse gas, but its effects are minor compared to CO2 concentration changes over time because it is destroyed in the stratosphere where UV light is strongest.
However, human activities have increased the amount of these gases in the atmosphere by around 30% since 1750, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).
And this has caused an increase in global temperatures.
Changing Climates Will Affect Everyone on Planet Earth
If you think Planet Earth is just going through a period of hot weather, then think again. As more and more countries around the world start to take climate change seriously, you need to act too.
The impact of climate change is already being felt by many. As a result of rising temperatures, more people are getting sick and dying from heat-related diseases, such as heatstroke and dehydration.
Climate change is expected to have a significant negative impact on economies, health, and food security. In fact, it could cause widespread poverty in less developed countries.
This is because they’re often dependent on natural resources such as agriculture and fishing for their livelihoods.
But with changing climates, these industries may suffer losses due to drought or reduced rainfall levels which could lead to famine and starvation.
Ever since the industrial revolution, Planet Earth’s climate has been changing. Some countries have already seen the damaging impact of climate change while others are yet to experience the negative effects.
As a result, people all around the world are taking action to reduce their carbon footprint and take care of Planet Earth for future generations.
The effects of climate change are already being felt worldwide, but they’re not evenly distributed across countries.
The differences in how much each country will be affected by climate change could have a big impact on how nations respond to this global challenge.
What Is the Changing Climate Doing to Our Bodies
The changing climate is having a significant impact on our bodies. More people are forced to deal with the physical effects of rising temperatures, such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke and dehydration.
Climate change is not just about long-term hazards, such as rising sea levels and stronger storms. It also has many short-term effects that include extreme temperatures and other weather conditions.
The changing climate is already affecting the health of millions of people around the world, according to a report by the World Health Organisation.
There’s been a “definite increase” in heat-related illnesses and deaths, particularly among elderly people who are not able to cope with hotter temperatures.
As a result of rising temperatures, more people are getting sick and dying from heat-related diseases, such as heatstroke and dehydration.
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In addition to this, there has been an increase in insect-borne diseases — such as malaria — because mosquitoes can thrive in warmer temperatures.
The changing climate is also expanding the range of mosquitos that carry diseases like dengue fever and Zika virus — which has caused an epidemic that’s affected over 70 countries.
In fact, a recent study found that warming temperatures have tripled the number of people at risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases like chikungunya and yellow fever in sub-Saharan Africa since 1950.
In addition, an estimated three billion people live in areas where malaria is endemic — mostly in Africa but also in parts of South America and Asia — with many more at risk of contracting it each year due to climate change.
The Changing Climate Is Affecting the Food We Eat
Foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria or viruses thrive at higher temperatures.
Heat kills many of the pathogens that cause sickness. But as temperatures rise, some foodborne illnesses like listeria and salmonella could be more dangerous.
This summer, we’ve been hearing about more than just the heat. The changing climate is also affecting the food we eat — in some disturbing ways.
Foodborne illnesses are caused by a variety of microorganisms that can contaminate food at any stage of production or processing.
Some of these pathogens flourish in warm weather and may become more dangerous as temperatures rise.
The most obvious example is Salmonella food poisoning. Salmonella bacteria thrive in warm conditions and can survive on dry surfaces for up to three weeks.
In hot weather, people are more likely to reach for cold foods at picnics or cookouts — like potato salad — which gives the bacteria plenty of time to multiply in the warm environment before being ingested.
Salmonellosis can cause diarrhoea, fever, abdominal cramps and vomiting within 12 to 72 hours after ingestion of contaminated food or water.
Symptoms usually last four to seven days but may persist for up to two weeks in some cases. Longer-term complications are rare but include arthritis-like joint pain.
And there’s a good chance that by 2050, the changing climate could trigger an increase in food-borne illness worldwide.
Extreme Weather Is Damaging Global Food Production
The changing climate is causing extreme weather worldwide, which has damaged food production and contributed to skyrocketing food prices.
The frequency of extreme weather events that cause crop losses — droughts, floods, storms, and heat waves — has almost doubled since the 1960s.
This trend is especially notable since 1980 when the world experienced record-breaking heat waves, floods, droughts, and storms.
Researchers used data from nearly 400 weather stations around the world to look at three categories of weather extremes.
These included temperatures above 30°C, precipitation above 3.9 inches and drought conditions lasting longer than one month.
They also looked at how often these events affected crops on a national or global scale — not just individual farms or regions.
Looking at extreme temperatures alone, they found that while hot days were rare before 1980, they’ve become much more common since then — especially in Europe and Asia.
Studies have shown that climate change is making these events more frequent and more severe. And that’s bad news for food production.
Food production has been on a steady upward trend since the 1960s, but projections show it could decline by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at their current rate.
The researchers said that if no action was taken to address climate change, food production would decline significantly per decade after 2050.
The Unpredictability of Rainfall and Floods
There is evidence that rainfall patterns are changing in much of the world, becoming more intense and less predictable. This means floods can happen at any time.
Flood events can have a devastating effect on communities, causing damage to homes and businesses, disrupting transport links and power supplies, causing environmental damage, and putting people’s lives at risk.
Flooding can also cause long-term health problems for those affected by flooding. Flood waters may carry disease-causing germs that can cause illness if people encounter them.
Contact with flood waters may also increase the risk of some infectious diseases such as leptospirosis if people do not properly wash their hands afterwards.
The intensity of rainfall has increased by up to 80% over the last century in some parts of the world.
This means that when it does rain, it will usually be heavier than before. At the same time, there has been a decrease in overall annual rainfall in some areas.
In addition, extreme weather events such as hurricanes are increasing in frequency and intensity worldwide, including in regions that don’t normally experience them.
Rainfall is the most variable of all-weather phenomena. It can vary from an almost complete absence to over ten inches (250 mm) in a single day or even in a few hours.
The amount of rainfall received in any location is influenced by several factors, including:
- The amount of moisture in the atmosphere which is the precipitable water
- Atmospheric stability, how much the air resists vertical motion
- Temperature profiles through which the moisture moves
- Local topography, the variations in elevations over which the wind blows
We Could Be in For More Severe Weather Events
The chances of two record-breaking hurricanes striking back-to-back are once-in-a-lifetime occurrences.
However, there is growing evidence that climate change may be increasing the frequency and intensity of these types of extreme weather events.
We’ve always heard about how extremes in weather events have been happening year after year. And that they should get better soon.
But the trends seem to indicate just the opposite, they’re getting more extreme! More of them are now happening, and they’re becoming more frequent and intense.
We have all seen images on TV or online of these extreme weather events in recent years. They are not just isolated incidents; they are becoming more common and more severe.
As a result, more and more people are talking about climate change as a cause for these changes in weather patterns. It’s not just one thing happening here or there, it’s everything happening at once!
Therefore, it’s so important for us to understand what climate change really means so we can take steps to help prevent further damage from this phenomenon.
This isn’t just anecdotal evidence, either. Many scientific studies show a link between climate change and extreme weather events.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released several reports over the years that detail how climate change will impact our lives in many ways.
These reports find that there has been an increase in both hot days and heat waves since 1950. There has also been an increase in floods.
But droughts have decreased slightly in frequency but increased their intensity yet strangely storms are decreasing overall but increasing in frequency meaning more severe storms.
We need to start taking steps to help stop climate change, for the future of Planet Earth!
There is no doubt that we all want a better future for our children and grandchildren. We want them to be able to enjoy life, whether it be through their health or the environment around them.
The thing is, we can’t just leave this up to fate. If we wait for the government to act on climate change then we will be waiting for a very long time.
We need to make sure that we are doing everything we can in our own lives so that we can make a difference and hopefully inspire others to do the same.
Climate change is a serious issue that we need to address now. Planet Earth is heating up, and we are causing this.
We have come a long way in recent years when it comes to understanding how human actions are affecting Planet Earth.
We know that climate change is real and that we are causing it through our use of fossil fuels.
Now that we understand what is happening, we must do something about it. We have already set goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades.
But those goals aren’t enough.
Planet Earth is getting warmer and warmer. If we don’t do anything about it soon, there will be no more ice caps left.
Climate change has been happening for a long time now and scientists have been saying that it’s getting worse every year.
Even recently there have been more extreme weather events happening all over the world which are linked to climate change such as hurricanes, floods and droughts.
So, if we don’t do anything about it now, then things could get even worse in future.
Scientists are now warning everyone that Planet Earth’s climate is changing in a major way. This is what happens when we burn all the world’s fossil fuels.
It’s hard to deny that climate change is having a dramatic effect on the environment, much of which is not good.
Global warming affects many things, such as animal habitats and plant life. We need to take steps to reduce our carbon output for Planet Earth to have a chance at recovery.
Whether you believe in global warming or not, we can all come together and help stop the destruction of Planet Earth.
The future is always uncertain, but we can do our best to help make it the bright future that Planet Earth deserves.