Anthropogenic Global Warming
Research carried out comparing the average temperature in the past and present has shown a wide-scale increase of the earth’s climate. The rise in earth’s temperature is a great contributor to climate change that constitutes warming of the earth and the consequential side effects. One of the main causes of global warming is attributed to human influences that have been progressing since the 20th Century to-date (NASA, 2017). Global warming is one of the pertinent challenges that the world is facing today, considering the survival of human beings is dependent upon nature. The alterations that arise influenced by human activities are a global concern that if not addressed will pose a great threat towards survival of human beings on earth.
The earth has its own mechanism of balancing elements within the environment in a state that is favorable to support life. From the onset of the 19th Century to present, there has been an increase in industrialization with people focusing more on development rather than the consequences. Some of the anthropogenic activities during industrialization have that has amplified global warming by emitting greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. The rate of change initially was inconsequential but putting this into perspective, it has become unsustainable considering the alarming rate of climate change globally. Greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere trap infrared radiation from escaping the troposphere. It instead reflects it back to the earth and as a result, increases the global temperature to levels that interfere with the earth’s ability to support life.
Global warming has resulted in the extension of varied and extreme weather changes worldwide (EPA, 2017). Changes in weather conditions show an increase in frequency and severity of weather events that currently are seen as being catastrophic. Such events include hurricanes and tsunamis cutting across the East Coast of the U.S., which leaves the states destroyed and even kills people. Increased temperature on the earth surface also translates to heat waves that may either increase humidity levels or stretch a dry spell. The glacial mountains are melting and ice is retreating in the cold regions. Desert coverage in the continents is continuously increasing in size extending to the once arable land.
One of the mitigation measures put in place by to manage global warming is reducing the release of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere (NASA, 2017). Research conducted has determined that greenhouse gas released by anthropogenic activities is one of the major contributing factors to global warming. This mitigation strategy is meant to reduce human meddling with the climate system. Reducing greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere begins with finding an alternative for fossil fuel as a means of energy production. Reduction in the exposure to greenhouse gasses provides the ecosystem with ample time to stabilize in a manner that can sustain life. The main agenda is to spread this idea worldwide, especially to the developing nations to use alternative energy sources that are environmentally friendly.
In conclusion, human beings have contributed significantly in terms of global warming in their quest to explore and develop their economies. More focus has been put in using fossil fuel as a source of energy while overlooking the negative effects it poses to the environment. It is important for everyone, especially world leaders, to come up in support to advocate for green sources of energy for a better world. Otherwise, the effects of global warming will ultimately limit chances of survival for all living things.
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