For many years, scientists have emphasized the need to discuss current events about climate change. They kept on saying that global warming could cause profound climate changes. And those changes would ultimately push the world into colossal devastation.
Unfortunately, nobody paid heed to these warnings and took them seriously. Until recently, the odd weather extremities that occurred in 2020 have amplified those claims. Now the communities of the world have begun considering these issues.
Mother Earth is in danger.
In early 2020, the record temperature changes observed in Siberia caught everyone off guard. From January to June this year, the region’s temperature kept soaring. More importantly, what happened on June 20 was shocking in a real sense.
On June 20, Verkhoyansk, a town in Russia located on the Yana River in the Arctic circle, recorded a new high temperature of 38 degrees Celsius. This development worried scientists worldwide, as the temperature fluctuations in the Arctic region can have far-reaching impacts on the Earth’s climate. The melting of ice and the permafrost would endanger the local wildlife and put the whole world’s climate system at risk.
“What seemed like an established truth that you cannot attribute particular, extreme weather to climate change is less and less true,” said Sonia Seneviratne, a climate scientist at Swiss university ETH Zurich.
What part did man play in paving the way for this danger?
According to the world weather attribution, the human-induced climate changes increased the chances of Siberian prolonged heat up to 600 times.
It also observes that if the world does not take adequate steps. Then compared to 1900, Siberia’s temperature could increase by 2.5 degrees in 2025.
“We are seeing the emergence of some signals that would have had almost no chance of happening without human-induced climate change,” added Seneviratne.
Since pre-industrial time, the temperature of the Earth has hiked through one degree Celsius. Though a minute change, the melting of the glaciers, rise in the ocean level. Plus, the horrific wildfires are all the products of this minor change.
The recent wildfires on the West Coast of the US are also the result of climate change.
The inferno burning series through California, Oregon, and Washington have burnt beyond 2 million acres of land. Resulting in more than 20 deaths and displaced thousands of people.
The fires, cyclones, and floods are nature’s indications of deteriorating climate. We must act to protect our planet before it’s too late.
Climate changes impact human health
But, it’s not only nature that would suffer the harsh impacts of climate deformities. Humans, too, would have their share of adversities and hardship from the persisting changes in the climate pattern, even if they think it’s not going to affect them or their families.
The raging fires that spur anytime in any part of the world are massively contributing to the air pollution. And the pollution consequently started invading the body systems that we never even imagined.
Just take the example of a study conducted by the JAMA Neurology that draws a connection between air pollution and dementia. The World Health Organization also foresees the disastrous effects of climate changes as it envisages around 250,000 additional deaths per year from climate changes between 2030 and 2050.
Of course, pregnant women, people with asthma or other chronic illnesses, would be more vulnerable to the injurious climate change consequences.
Displacement threats of climate changes
The Arctic is heating at an alarming rate. The melting of snow and ice-sheets is feeding to water levels, and the results are apparent in the form of flooding. By 2100, the ocean may rise by multiple, almost one to four feet. High water levels will eventually induce the displacement of coastal communities such as New York, Miami, and Sydney.
But, mind that, eviction is not the solution, as it has its own list of oddities in the form of urbanization, scarcity of resources, diseases, and many more.
How climate change impacts the cycle of Fleas and ticks?
Climate change is altering almost every normal pattern; even the way parasites infect pets.
The connection between the fleas and climate change is through warmth. Fleas and ticks favor a warm and humid environment over the cold one- A reason why pets catch them between spring to fall rather than summers.
But, as climate abnormalities are aggravating, winters are contracting, causing a simultaneous extension in the summer and prolonged heat. This, in turn, fosters the longer- stay of these pesky creatures than they would normally do, making your pets itchy and miserable.
The mistakes fostering the climate damages
This is the moment of truth. There is no lie in saying that it is the man responsible for all the sufferings the Earth is going through today. The massive damages we are posing to the environment through the acts such as deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels are shocking!
Since 1990, the world has lost around 178 million hectares of forest (690,000 square miles), a land comparable to Libya in magnitude. Knowing the incomparable role trees contribute to balancing the natural system through controlling the levels of Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, I can seriously think of the destruction that’s been caused.
Note that the whole thing is in the cycle. As trees were removed, the concentration of CO2 in the air got elevated and hit the record levels of 417 parts per million in May 2020.
How to curb climate changes
The answer is in the community effort. Catering to climate changes is undoubtedly not the job of a single individual, be it your president, premier, or mayor. Just like everyone is playing their role in causing the damage, they must participate in curbing this damage as well.
Where to start?
Considering the perplexity of the challenge at hand, it is normal to get confused about where to start? Here are a few steps experts believe could report notable results, if acted upon.
Education should be the first weapon to wield in the war against climate change. The government should document the programs around climate change and how it is harming life for public awareness.
Apart from the state-level education, the individuals should also work in their capacity to learn the damages caused by climate change and how they could act to cut them.
Cut the fossils fuel:
Know that the greenhouse gases are our number one nemesis in this battel. Cut their release in the air by reducing the use of coal, oil, and other fossils fuels for power and energy.
Adopt resources that are renewable and eco-friendly such as air, water, and sunlight. But, this is definitely not going to happen overnight. This shift requires an absolute change in the behavior and attitude as well. Consider the example of the United States of America, where almost 50 percent of the electricity is generated using coal, and the percentage is almost the same worldwide too.
Transportation is the second leading emitter of greenhouse gases in the U.S. Given that, we should work to minimize the use of transportation as much as we can do. In this matter, try walking or using a bicycle for commuting. However, if it’s inevitable to take a car, prefer using public transportation, not your own.
Be efficient is spending the resources. Especially, don’t waste the water, as we usually do by taking loner showers, keeping the tap open while washing hands. Turn off the lights while you leave the room. These small changes could add up a big effect.
Knowing how important trees are in absorbing Carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, people should take on the task of reforestation, planting perhaps one tree in their home. In numbers, a mature tree, in a year, absorbs almost 48 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere and releases Oxygen in turn. So, you can make your effort count by even planting a single tree.
Presidential Election 2020 Candidates Get Candid About The Climate
Climate Change is a significant issue. But you wouldn’t think it by watching the 2020 Presidential election coverage. On Monday, Climate Change finally made it to the election campaign after the wildfire in California.
President Trump visited California. Due to wildfires that have now destroyed man buildings and forests. Donald Trump tried to suggest that the temperature will cool down with time. He also mentioned that science is not sure about the matter.
On the other side of the country, Joe Biden made a campaign stop in Delaware. Biden seized the opportunity and termed the President as a ‘climate arsonist.’ Biden also mentioned that America would be underwater if Trump is given another four years. He pointed out that the American President has always ignored this significant issue.
The Washington Governor, Jay Inslee, made Climate Change a central topic of his manifesto. Right before he dropped out of the Presidential race, another candidate, Tom Steyer, also followed Inslee in making the issue his priority in the Presidential race but unfortunately could not succeed in attracting enough voters.
The two potential presidents of the United States hold a very contradictory opinion on the Climate Change issue. The Republican candidate, Donald Trump, has repeatedly called climate change a ‘hoax.’ He believes the Chinese are spreading propaganda. Although he backed away from this belief, his Monday comment suggests otherwise.
Donald Trump also withdrew the United States from the Paris Agreement in the sixth month of his government. Not only this, but the President again rolled back from 70 environmental regulatory measures concerning climate change. President rescinded Obama’s actions on greenhouse emissions, allowing methane production.
The Democratic candidate Joe Biden promises to rejoin Paris Agreement on the first day of his presidency. He also plans to reinstate many environmental measures withdrawn by the Trump administration. Biden has also introduced a plan to make America carbon-free in 15 years.
In his Monday speech, Joe Biden stressed that America should invest in infrastructure to make it resilient to environmental changes.
The Democratic candidate also mentioned that this step would also create jobs with good pays. Many experts believe that Joe Biden is using climate change as a political move. Many young and educated voters see it as a prime concern.
Focusing on the issue of climate change can help Biden in attracting voters among youngsters. However, many Americans are unlikely to be drawn by climate change rhetoric. Because they still see healthcare, jobs, and the economy as a prime concern.
Climate change, indeed, has become one of the greatest challenges the world faces today. The recent temperature fluctuations in Serbia, and the massive infernos in California, are indicators that we should take the matter seriously before it’s out of our control. In this regard, besides the government, each and every one of us should work in our reach to lower the climate dangers.