Is it getting hot in here? The heated topic of global warming and climate change continues to be prevalent in social media and newspapers all over the world. Clashes between political and scientific viewpoints have made the topic of climate change so hot, it may even melt the polar caps! Here are the hot facts!
Greenhouse Effect, Simplified
Our earth is a greenhouse? Not quite, but carbon dioxide in the air acts to keep energy in the earth’s atmosphere. From this very familiar viewpoint, the residents of planet earth have been increasing the carbon dioxide in our environment, leading to trapped energy in our atmosphere. Scientists agree that there is a definite trend of temperature increases with carbon dioxide emissions. Human involvement definitely contributes to the peak in global warming, but is that the only reason we are heating up? Probably not.
Falling Into an Ice Age?
Counter-intuitive but yes, earth is not a stranger to climate change! Geologists believe that a large part of global warming could be due to a natural earth cycle that has been on the up end for hundreds of years. From earth’s beginning, the cycling patterns turn from a warm peak and then drops into an ice age. Interestingly, modern society may have occurred entirely during one of these warm peaks. This is due to a natural carbon cycle that can trap energy in our atmosphere. Scientists agree that we are always headed towards another ice age: the question is when.
Keep in mind, there is absolutely no question of whether global warming is happening. Evidence of global warming is all around us. Most importantly, our weather patterns have been shifting. Believe if or not, record cold weather and snow this winter is indicative of global warming! To name a few more, birds migration patterns have been changing, polar ice caps are melting, glaciers are melting, and the ocean sea levels are rising. Whether or not the earth’s natural cycle is contributing to global warming is a matter of opinion, but human emission of carbon dioxide has definitely played a major role in this issue.
What can you do? Educate non-believers on global warming as much as possible. Speak of the evidence and the viewpoints. I personally believe that the first step to the problem is awareness. Remind the masses that scientists all over the world are in agreement with global warming. Next time there is a heated political debate on the topic just remember: politicians are not scientists! Keep climate change hot!
Sources: Geological Society of America, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Wildlife Federation