Running Head: SELF DESTRUCTION 4
California State University Fullerton
Professor: Shelley Burke
Date: September 29, 2017
Its 2017 and everything seems to be going downhill. Our world is changing for the worst, from politics in the United States of America to our survival status as a planet. We can control one of these problems; politics. But is it possible for us humans, to change Climate change? What's the reason for this slow destruction on Earth? Believe it or not, Earth’s temperature is rising twice as fast as it did fifty years ago. This has changed the way some of our national parks look, and the way animals have to survive in the wilderness. We might also see more flooding, earthquakes, temperature swings, droughts, snowfall, and changing weather behavior in general. So, climate change is a reality we are experiencing at this time. Most people recognize climate change but still are clueless to the cause. We as humans, are the main cause of Climate change. We’re the ones that burn fossil, clear trees that absorb carbon dioxide, send heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere. I believe we must make a change, immediately.
97% of Climate Scientists agree that Climate Change isn't caused by Orbital Variation, but by human activity. The temperature of earth is rising at nearly twice its rate than 50 years ago. There is no natural reasons for this to happen. Scientists have come to the conclusion this warming of the earth is due to the Greenhouse effect caused by humans.
We the people on Earth really depend on energy that comes from the sun. Climate sensitivity is the estimate of how much the earth's climate will warm in response to the increased greenhouse effect if we double the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. If it is low, then the planet's temperature will rise slowly, and we will have more time to rest and to adapt and to even possibly find a solution. And if it’s high, that's a very bad situation for us.There are many gasses that have heat-trapping abilities involved with the greenhouse. The gases include water vapor, Carbon Dioxide, Nitrous Oxide, Methane and Chlorofluorocarbons. Certain gases in the atmosphere block heat from escaping. Long lived gases that remain in the atmosphere and do not respond physically or chemically to changes in temperature are described as “forcing” the climate change. Water vapor is the most abundant greenhouse gas. It increases as the Earth’s atmosphere warms up, it acts as a “feedback”. Carbon Dioxide is a minor component of the atmosphere. Humans have increased Carbon Dioxide through deforestation, land use changes, and burning fossil fuels by more than a third since the Industrial Revolution. Another key gas that is used through the greenhouse effect is Methane, a hydrocarbon gas produced both through natural sources and human activities, including the decomposition of wastes in landfills, agriculture, and especially rice...