Global warming; one of the mostdebated issues in our society today. Are there facts and evidence supportingthe idea, or is it simply a hoax? Some say climate change will be theinevitable end to our world as we know it, using global warming as an excusefor every naturally occurring weather phenomenon, natural disaster, or evensignificant change in usual weather patterns. Others will simply scoff at theidea, laugh, and brush it off. The real truth in the matter is that the factsare there, the evidence is strong, and any scientist will tell you climatechange is not man made. Carbon dioxide is an important,heat trapping gas, necessary for our planet’s survival.
The gas is releasedthrough human respiration, deforestation, and burning fossil fuels, as well asnatural processes such as volcanic eruption. Additionally, higher levels ofcarbon dioxide in the atmosphere are actually highly beneficial to plants andanimals. Carbon dioxide levels in the air are currently 406.96 parts permillion, the highest they have been in 650,000 years, according to NASA.
Levelshave been steadily increasing by about 2 parts per million every year since2005. Naturally, as population increases, carbon dioxide levels will increaseas well. There is no question that increased levels of the “greenhouse gas” isthe cause of our rising temperatures. The year 2016 actually ranks as thewarmest on our 136-year record. Out of the top 17 warmest years on record, 16of them have occurred since 2001, NASA says.
It is extremely likely that thischange is the effect of human activity since the mid-twentieth century. Icecores that have been drawn from all around the globe will show climate changeresponds to Earth’s carbon dioxide levels. Ocean sediments, tree rings,sedimentary rocks, and coral reefs will also show ancient evidence in globalwarming. This paleoclimate evidence shows that our current warming is about tentimes faster than it has been previously.In my opinion, climate change isreal, and probably not something we should be worried about. In the end, if anuclear war does not take us out, mother nature will. The facts are there. Theidea that climate change is caused by humans does have some evidence behind it,but then again, seems a little arrogant.
This universe is full of manymysteries we may never understand. Earth and space are so complex, who are weto mess with the balance of things? The earth will change on its own, always.Nothing in nature will ever occur the exact same way twice. Change is and willalways be inevitable. Does the human species really have that much effect onthe state of the environment? Sure, pollution and waste do take aserious toll on the environment, and the rise in population will account forthe rising levels of carbon dioxide and higher temperature average. But who arewe to think we have that much of an impact on nature’s pre-written course? Whywould we waste time, money, effort, and recourses trying to “fix” climatechange when we as a species really have little effect on the world? Earth willdo what it was always meant to do, there is nothing we can do to change that.
Ultimately, science will explain everything. Humans will take their toll on theearth, but will we really be the reason for the end of life as we know it? Willwe bring our own environmental demise? Unfortunately, in this lifetime, we maynever know.