What is Climate Change?
Climate Change is a change in global or regional climate patterns. Climate patterns can include any recurring characteristic of climate including glacial periods, extensive heat waves, droughts, famines, floods. Global warming is the main cause for most of these natural disasters. Heavy concentration of greenhouse gases released in the atmosphere is what leads to glacial melts, rising sea levels (Tsunami’s), trapped air that can become heated (heat waves) and many other unfavorable climate changes. We in America are currently experiencing a drastic change in our Global Warming System. In the past five to ten years we have had multiple forest fires, flooding and erosions, and declining water supply. According to NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration ), “scientists have high confidence that global temperatures will continue to rise for decades to come, largely due to greenhouse gases produced by human activities ” (NASA, N.D). In scientist predictions, “summer temperatures are projected to continue rising, and a reduction of soil moisture, which exacerbates heat waves, is projected for much of the Western and Central U.S. in summer. By the end of this century, what have been a once-in-20-year extreme heat days (one-day events) are projected to occur every two or three years over most of the nation” (NASA, N.D). Another projected attribute stated is “Global sea level has risen by about 8 inches since reliable record keeping began in 1880. It is projected to rise another 1 to 8 feet by 2100. This is the result of added water from melting land ice and the expansion of seawater as it warms” (NASA, N.D). Lastly, the scariest of them all, “The Arctic Ocean is expected to become essentially ice free in summer before mid-century” (NASA, N.D).
Now what can we do to prevent this?
We need to find alternatives to the way we live. “Humans are increasingly influencing the climate and the earth’s temperature by burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests and farming livestock” (European Commission on Energy and Climate Change). Think about the way we get around towns in cars and buses. We need to create more electrically powered automobiles to avoid any gas usage. Secondly, we need to cease deforestation, the clearcutting, or removal of a forest or stand of trees from land that is then converted to non-forest use. Not only does deforestation eliminate homes for nature’s critters, but it is releasing carbon dioxide into the clean oxygen that we do get from trees. Many mass-produced materials come from trees like paper, pencils, and furniture. However, we cannot dedicate every forest to cater to our living. Do you rather have clean oxygen in your lungs to breathe or a new couch for your apartment? We need to find a way to avoid poaching in the forest. Many agricultural living circumstances are still in practice. Of course, more than half of America wants to take the more healthy-conservative approach, but good riddance to that lifestyle! Cows and sheep congest, digest, and release methane gases when they eat. At least 25% of today’s warming is driven by methane from human actions. THAT’S A HUGE AMOUNT OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS!
America may have to strongly consider to begin taking an AI approach to human living! No wonder AI was even thought about as the world was setting up for a fresher approach to living! The one ideology in which we are all scared of is what may extend mankind beyond its life expectancy and save the planet. Traditional approaches are just not cutting it anymore because we cannot execute the approach without destroying something else. Maybe Albert Einstein sent the wrong message to society when he said he “fears the day technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots”. Even scientists can get it wrong!
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