Global warming is a controversial issue, not only because it’s something that involves the environment, but also because it is something that a lot of people have been debating about. There are those who believe that global warming is real and happening, while there are others who believe that everything is just a hoax. In the past several months, however, a lot of things have been happening around the world that proves the reality of global warming. With weather patterns constantly changing in different parts of the world, climate change is something that should no longer be ignored. Here are several more reasons for us to seriously think about global warming.
1. Sea Levels are Rising
While history will prove that sea levels have changed several times in the past, it was never as rapid as it has been in the recent years. In fact, according to NASA, the increase in sea level is twice its usual, and this has been going on for more or less ten years already.
2. A Continuous Rise in the Earth’s Temperature
Although some places in the world may not be feeling the rise in temperature, there is actually an increase in the temperature of the Earth. In fact, this increase has been happening since the latter part of the 19th century. While some individuals and groups can argue that it is normal for temperatures to rise and fall from time-to-time, there has been a steady increase in the last couple of years. In fact, we have had several “warmest years” for some time now.
3. More Natural Disasters, Weather Disturbances, and High-Temperature Incidences
Storms and typhoons are natural, but not when they come too close to each other. In several instances, even when a storm has just exited a country or place, a new one enters right after. Massive destruction brought about by natural disasters in several countries around the world. Also, as per reports by meteorologists, there has been an increase in the amount of rainfall in recent years, in even the driest parts of the world. One of the most common incidences is the higher intensity of rainfall, not just in the United States, but also in some parts of the world. As a result, some places that have always been safe from flooding are now easily covered by floodwaters. This is definitely not a normal occurrence.
4. Ice Has Been Melting
Several parts of the world are covered with ice. These places thrive on ice. Nowadays, however, we often hear about reports of ice melting in the Arctic, in Antarctica, and Greenland. According to NASA reports, Greenland may have already lost around 60 cubic miles of ice, while Antarctica has lost more or less 35 cubic miles of ice (between 2002 and 2005). Also, glaciers upon glaciers of ice have melted in a number of the highest peaks in the world. This includes The Alps, The Andes, and The Himalayan Mountains, among others.
5. Warmer Oceans Becoming a Normal Occurrence
As climate change seriously affects the ozone, our bodies of water, particularly the ocean, become the primary recipient of heat. This results to warmer oceans, which is not good for marine life as their main source of survival, the phytoplankton, is affected. This has been happening for years, with some records even claiming that occurrences have been observed way before the 1980s. In relation to this, there are also studies that indicate an increase in our oceans’ acidity level.
6. Lesser Snowfall
While some parts of the United States are regularly and generously covered in snow, in other parts, there is a significant decrease in the amount of snowfall. Even when the snowfall is quite strong, the amount of snow is still lesser compared to the earlier years. Today, snow melts fast and this is most likely due to the warming of the Earth.
7. Snow in the Northern Hemisphere Melts Faster
When you look at the Northern Hemisphere from up above (in an airplane or helicopter, perhaps?), you will see that the snow covering it is lesser. Spring snow has continuously decreased in the past couple of decades. Again, the decrease of or the melting of snow is a result of the warming of the Earth’s climate.