Sunday, January 31, 2010

Climate Changes and Our Future - Now Showing at a Glacier Near You!

By Jerry Dyess

Recent climate changes, also known as global warming, indicate that average increases in temperature around the world are happening because of the carbon dioxide that's increasingly emitted into the atmosphere. No matter where you live, climate change is going to affect you directly. Therefore, it should concern you no matter who you are. Because there are potentially dire consequences as a result of climate change, we need to begin to discuss this problem and take action now before it's too late, and so that others can follow our example. These changes have to be made now so that future and even more catastrophic changes don't happen.

The research does show that heat is being trapped in the atmosphere. Industrial processes, vehicles, and deforestation are producing extra heat, which is increasing average temperatures. Future models project that the planet is over-heating and our environments will be adversely affected in a few years by climate change. Climate change is happening now, but it can be controlled by simple tasks.

What would happen with this type of climate change? Plants and flowers' growth and abilities to survive and thrive will change, as will those of other plants and animals. Glaciers will melt, raise ocean levels, and change weather patterns. Our own activity as humans is what's causing this, of course, and we are also in control of whether or not this can be stopped.

If this is allowed to continue, animal and plant species will dwindle and eventually may become extinct. And lest you think this will not affect you as a human, think again. Because every living thing depends on everything else, we alter our food chains and destroy species. Animals themselves already don't have food to eat such that they're becoming extinct, and our own food source will be in danger as a result.

Future generations are sure to experience intense weather patterns, which will increase death tools. The economy will be negatively impacted in many ways due to climate changes. For example, wheat fields and coffee bean plants will be destroyed by intense storms. That in turn, increases prices at the grocery stores. And never mind the economy, changes in weather patterns will increase death tools during increased hurricanes, tsunamis, and storms.

Where does all of this extra carbon dioxide come from? It comes from industrial pollution and from carbon dioxide emissions from cars. Restrictions are beginning to be put in place such that this type of carbon dioxide emission is minimized. We can decrease these climate changes through carbon dioxide over exposure if cars and industries themselves reduce emissions by 3% year.

Everyone can help contribute to slow down global warming. Some simple household tasks that can help decrease climate change are recycling, planting a tree, weatherizing your home, and replacing old appliances. Some other tasks include eliminating plastic, buying a fuel-efficient car, and car-pooling to work or school. Younger generations need to be educated about how humans negatively impact their environments and need to be directed on what changes to make for future generations.

At present, climate changes are already evident and will continue to drastically and negatively affect the future if something isn't done. We can make changes now that will positively impact our future if we pay attention. Simply by reducing carbon dioxide emissions and increasing the amount of oxygen in our atmosphere, we can reduce the carbon dioxide covering the planet and causing the temperature increases.

Climate changes will impact our future, but we can all help to slow it down and then maybe focus on reversing it. Time is not on our side when it comes to climate changes in the future.

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