Before there was environmental awareness and there was a way to fight climate change, there were plenty of attempts to explain what the world was going to look like in the future. In the 1970s, a certain Captain Video predicted that the Earth would be “swamped by algae, crocodiles, and men.” In the 1980s, Shell Oil proposed to build a “giant underground greenhouse” to help combat global warming. And in the 1990s, the United Kingdom’s Central Electricity Generating Board published a newsletter describing a future in which the Sun would get hotter and more people would die.
How Climate Change affects the US
Both the US and the world are affected by climate change, causing various problems (like rising sea levels and intense storms) that can be both immediate and long-term. While the immediate effects of climate change appear negative, the long-term effects may be positive.
Climate change is real. You can’t deny that the world’s temperature is rising, summer is getting warmer, and ice caps are melting-all of which are completely and human-caused. However, all of this is a result of the carbon emissions that we have been producing, which are causing the earth’s temperature to rise ever higher.
How Climate Change effects the World
The climate is changing rapidly, with the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rising steadily over the last century, placing the planet on an irreversible path to climate disaster. The problem is getting worse. The carbon dioxide emissions are now at their highest level in human history, and if they are not decreased, the rate of increase could mean that the ice caps will melt within our lifetime. It is predicted that the oceans will rise from all the water vapor released by the melting ice caps and engulf the entire world. The first people to be affected will be the poor, who will be unable to cope with the rising sea level. We have to stop the problems now so that that future generations can have a future.
The history of Climate Change
There is a lot of evidence that suggests climate change is happening. For example, there is a long history of climate change within the last 200,000 years. The Earth went through four major ice ages during that time. During the last ice age, the temperature dropped by about 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The last time the Earth was this cold was about 18,000 years ago. Scientists are starting to notice that there is evidence of global warming. The Earth has warmed significantly in the last 100 years. The average temperature of the Earth is now about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than it was in 1900.
How Climate Change effects the Human Body
The human body is one of the most complex systems in existence. As such, it can be easily thrown off balance by the rapid changes occurring underneath the ocean’s surface. The Earth is constantly adjusting to the changing conditions it encounters. Still, the rapid pace of oceanic changes means that even the most sophisticated machines have difficulty keeping up with the rate of change.
The Earth is getting warmer, and just like the rest of us, you want to know what that means for your body. Our bodies are more complex than most realize, and different parts of our anatomy react to the temperature change in different ways. For instance, the skin and the human body use water to regulate our temperatures, and the more water there is in our bodies, the more water is evaporated (think sweat). While this in itself doesn’t threaten our health-since water is a vital component of many bodily processes-it does contribute to our bodies’ overall susceptibility to disease and infection.
Climate change is the biggest issue that humanity faces today, but it’s not going to be solved by governments or aid agencies. The real power to solve climate change lies with citizens of the world and how they react to the issues faced not by who their governments are but who they are in real life. If we can arrange a community organizing event or use small platforms to teach people to care about climate change, then we can truly make a difference.
Climate change is a uniquely human dilemma, and it confronts us with a paradox: How do we best prepare for the effects of a climate-shaking future? Making the right decisions now could help lessen the impact of the rising sea levels, the severe droughts and floods, the worsening weather extremes, and the famines that may soon be on the horizon. But we need to act now, and the clock is ticking.