“A quarter century after 9/11, the world is feeling the toll of climate change.” So states the headline on this article’s cover. “We are already seeing a decline in winter clarity and other common winter activities like frostbite and snowmageddon. A quarter century later, both humans and natural processes have still not caught up with climate change.” If you look close, you can even see clues of where we are heading: sea levels are going up and will continue to rise as a result of climate change. They aren’t going down as we know them yet though — at least not directly. The pace of warming is almost not changing much as compared to 1750 before the Industrial Revolution or 1900-1925 when a little rain would have meant a lot to many people around the world.
What is Climate Change?
Climate change is the warming of the Earth’s climate patterns due to human activities. The Earth is covered in a network of air, water and land masses called the global climate system. The air and water systems are crucial to survival and growth of all life on the planet, but the greatest impact is felt by plants, animals and other life forms that depend on these systems for survival.
Most of this warming is thought to be the result of human activities. The increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is released when humans consume fossil fuels, is thought to be the main driver of climate change. There are also other factors that can influence the pace of climate change, and these are mainly the effect of extreme weather events like heat waves, winters with poor air quality, and other factors that can be difficult to predict.
What Causes Climate Change?
There are a number of environmental factors that are important in determining whether climate change will be an issue in the future. These factors include temperature, precipitation, sea level, vegetation, and ability of ecosystems to adapt to climate change.
Regional variations in temperature, precipitation and vegetation are important in determining whether climate change will be an issue in the future. These variations are largely traced back to the last Ice Age, which can be estimated to have happened between 10,000 and 5,000 years ago.
Take a look at this chart to see how climate change is affecting your area:
Humans and Climate Change
Temperature – The average temperature in a location is the most important factor that determines the rate of climate change. The colder the environment, the faster the climate change will occur.
Precipitation – The amount of precipitation that occurs in an area is also important in determining how fast climate change will occur. Areas with less precipitation will see an increase in the amount of climate change, while areas with more precipitation will see a decrease in the amount of climate change.
Sea level – The lower the sea level is, the faster the climate change will occur. Areas with lower sea level means that there will be less water flow, which in turn means that the climate system will be more efficient at fighting climate change.
Forests – Forests are the largest trees in the world and are the basis for human life on this planet. If human activities cause forests to decline, whole areas will lose their natural capacity to absorb and retain water. This can have a significant impact on the quality of life for people living in the affected areas. Forests also absorb a large amount of carbon dioxide from the air as well as water.
Gases – Humans are the primary cause of climate change as we burn fossil fuels to produce electricity and other products. These gases are then released into the atmosphere when we put away our industrial machinery or ECO appliances.
Climate change is a significant issue that can easily turn into a major disaster for the entire planet if left unaddressed. Fortunately, there are a number of preventative measures that can help to protect your community from catastrophic climate change.
These include installing air conditioners and refrigerators that stay hot when you need them, installing Forced Air Conditioning (FAC) systems in areas without hot air, and installing Snow Removal Equipment (SRO) in areas that experience snow. In addition, be sure to take the necessary steps to protect your family and your environment from the impacts of climate change.
The battle against climate change will be an intractable one, and while there are measures that can be taken to stop the climate system from changing, there will be others that remain as the people of Earth work to adapt.