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The Urgency of Climate Change and the Warming of the Earth

Climate change is one of the most important issues we are facing in the twenty first century. And, to keep the earth protected from the negative impacts of climate change, we must recognize that it is an increasingly urgent problem that needs to be addressed. And if we do not act accordingly we risk leaving an unhabitable earth for our children. Global warming is inevitably a direct effect of climate change, a result of an excessive amount of heat-trapping gasses building up in the atmosphere. As the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on climate change (IPCC) is trying to inform the public of the consequences of global warming, various scientists think that it is caused by human expansion of the greenhouse effect. It is also important to curb global warming because the earth is gaining more heat than it loses. We are also well aware that the level of global carbon emissions has reached 37.1 billion tons in 2018 (Global Carbon Project). This puts us at a dangerous tipping point to a high, global average of atmospheric carbon dioxide level of 500 ppm, compared to the recent estimates of 405.0 ppm in 2017 (NOAA). That level brings us closer to dyer consequences. However, we must try to reduce global emission of carbon dioxide by changing our energy production, our infrastructure and industrial system. These measures will prevent the earth from reaching the limit of  2 degrees Celsius. We encourage activists, politicians and researchers from countries such as China, the United States and India – since they are the top first carbon dioxide emitters from relying on fossil fuels (IEA Data 2015) to come up with climate policies to implement an effective climate action plan to deal with the rise of greenhouse emissions. What can we do to reduce carbon dioxide emissions? Our transportation and energy production systems are based on the heavy use of fossil fuel (coal, natural gas and oil ) which results in the emission of greenhouse gasses.  If we start by eliminating the sale of gas run vehicles and boost the use of renewable energy to generate electricity by 2050, we will mitigate climate change for a better future. Another advantage for eliminating fossil fuel use is fossil has the potential to negatively affect our health and our economy. I propose that we continue with our emission goals from the Paris Agreement and follow our clean power goal plan while we continue to make steady progress in curbing global warming.

 

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www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/usinventoryreport.html.

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