climate change facts you must know

Climate Change Facts You Must Know

Climate Change Facts You Must Know. So what climate change or global warming is? In very simple words climate change is the rise in the average temperature of the earth’s climate.

And What causes a change in climate: In simple words again Sunlight and Solar radiation the Earth receives, most of the sunlight and radiation bounced off the earth’s surface into space, so earth’s average temperature doesn’t rise. Now because of the rise in the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases that sunlight and radiation can’t bounce off to space from the earth. CO2 captures that and because of this average temperature of the earth is rising.

We burning fossil fuel for various energies (like for making electricity) is the biggest reason for the rise of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

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Climate Change Facts You Must Know

  1. Since 1870, global sea levels have risen by about 8 inches.
  2. Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier, plant and animal ranges have shifted and trees are flowering sooner.
  3. According to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the temperature in the U.S. has increased by 2 degrees in the last 50 years.
  4. With the start of the industry in the 1700s, humans began emitting more fossil fuels from coal, oil, and gas to run our cars, trucks, and factories.
  5. Scientists agree that the earth’s rising temperatures are fueling longer and hotter heat waves, more frequent droughts, heavier rainfall, and more powerful hurricanes.
  6. Rising sea levels will lead to coastal flooding on the Eastern Seaboard, especially in Florida, and in other areas such as the Gulf of Mexico.
  7. The oceans have absorbed much of this increased heat, with the top 700 meters (about 2,300 feet) of ocean showing warming of more than 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969.- Source Nasa
  8. In Montana’s Glacier National Park the number of glaciers has declined to fewer than 30 from more than 150 in 1910.
  9. Bush Fires,  we saw in early 2020 in Amazon rainforest and in Australia will become normal and even worse bush fires we will see in the future.
  10. 2019 was the second hottest year on record.
  11. Approximately 6,00,000 people have lost their lives worldwide as a result of weather-related natural disasters in the 1990s. 95% of which took place in developing countries.
  12. Pollen and other aeroallergen levels are also higher in extreme heat. These can trigger asthma, which affects around 300 million people.
  13. More than half of the world’s population now lives within 60 kilometres of shorelines. Rising sea levels increase the risk of coastal flooding.
  14.  Vehicles like cars and truck contribute to 20% of carbon emissions in the U.S.
  15. Air conditions and heating elements consume 50% of electricity.
  16. Climate change enhances the spread of pests that causes life-threatening diseases like dengue, malaria, Lyme disease etc.
  17. The number of climate change-related incidents have increased four-fold between 1980 and 2010.

 

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