Help end or slow down global warming

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Have you ever gone outside, during the winter, and seen that it’s warm and sunny? Well, what if I told you that a little more than 10 years ago, it wasn’t like this? (unless you live in some really hot parts of the world, like Hawaii or Central Africa) Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and everything in between, this is called global warming. Would you believe me if I told you that the temperature of the earth has risen by 1 degree Fahrenheit? By raising the earth’s temperature by 1 degree (Fahrenheit), more deadly hurricanes, drought, wildfire, intense rainstorms, and flooding will affect his planet that we live on. Let me tell you, this is the only planet Earth that has, is, and will ever exist in the whole wide universe. According to the website Global Warming Facts, greenhouse gases have been rising sharply since the Industrial Revolution in the US near the end of the 1800’s, and since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, humans have increasingly been contributing unnatural sources of greenhouse gases into the system, mostly by  causing the system to become unbalanced. I believe that if we take steps, we can slow down or even stop global warming.

    According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), greenhouse gas emissions could cause a 1.8 to 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit rise in temperature during the next century, if atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases are not reduced. Although this change may appear small, it could produce extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods; threaten coastal resources and wetlands by raising sea level; and increase the risk of certain diseases by producing new breeding sites for pests and pathogens. Agricultural regions and woodlands are also susceptible to changes in climate that could result in increased insect populations and plant disease. This degradation of natural ecosystems could lead to reduced biological diversity. This basically means that if we don’t do something soon, we’re all screwed, and the earth will turn into an oven, and cook us all at medium rare. Which brings me back to my point. If we don’t do something soon, we’re toast. Literally.

Do you ever watch, read, or listen to the news? If you do, you would notice that all around the world, there are these massive cyclones, hurricanes, storms, and there’s severe flooding in some parts of the world. You hear it everywhere, EVERYWHERE! Just turn on the radio, and tune in for a weather report. Sooner or later, you’ll hear about storms, cyclones, flooding, and many other things! And all of this is caused by, you guessed it, global warming. Global warming is making hot days hotter, rainfall and flooding heavier, hurricanes stronger and droughts even more severe than they already were. This intensification of weather and climate extremes will be the most visible impact of global warming in our everyday lives. It is also causing dangerous changes to the landscape of our world, adding stress to wildlife species and their habitat. Here are some reasons why:

Government scientists at the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency) are saying that man-made climate change has increased the probability of longer and more intense heat waves.
This year only, the U.S. has been breaking high temperature records at a ratio of 10-to-1 over cold temperature records (in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, the typical ratio was 1-to-1).
The U.S. just experienced the warmest 12-month period since record-keeping began in 1895. (Don’t lie, you felt the heat too.)
More than 26,000 new record temperature highs have been set in the year 2012 alone in the U.S.
Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and severe. Heat waves and drought plague many countries, destroying agriculture, increasing the risk of wildfires and endangering lives. Rising sea level threatens coastal communities and infrastructure from all of the floods that are happening.
And these are just a few of hundreds of facts that are out there.

According to the WRI (World Resources Institute), stabilizing the global climate is the greatest challenge of the 21st century. Temperatures have exceeded global annual averages for 38 consecutive years.

The impacts are being felt all around the world. Last year (2015) featured some of the most significant climate milestones in human history.

From record-high temperatures, to atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide not seen in a million years or more, to a landmark international agreement to limit global warming, no other year has seen such a stark contrast of climate indicators. Each milestone provides perspective on how far global warming has come, and each day millions of people suffer because global warming had taken their homes, their families, basically their entire lives. If you didn’t think global warming was real, I sincerely hope that you do now.

Some people think that global warming isn’t real, and I feel sorry for these people. I understand that some people don’t WANT to change their lifestyle, and they don’t see why it matters to turn out the lights when you leave the house, or why they should turn off the heat during the day. Or maybe their religion says otherwise about the rise in temperature. Maybe they don’t trust scientists, who keep telling them they NEED to change their lifestyles, their ways of life.

    In conclusion, yes, global warming IS real, it is getting very severe, and we should take measures to stop it. That means turn out your lights when you leave the house, take shorter showers, and definitely not baths, get water flow regulators for your sinks, get a programmed thermostat that will turn itself off during the day and save energy and lives! These are just a few steps that you can do on your own, but together, we as a planet can do so much more!

I bet that if everyone in the world stopped eating, producing, and selling meat for a week, global warming could be slowed down much, much more quickly, or it could even be paused! Imagine that. No more global meetings over temperatures, way fewer cyclones, storms, and existential crises all over the world. Imagine that.  

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