Man it’s Hot!

Man its Hot!

Sophia Barnett

I’m sure you’ve heard of the term global warming before, but do you know what it means? 

 

Global warming is the long-term heating of the earth’s climate system. We started seeing it around 1850 to 1900, during the pre-industrial period. One of the main reasons we started seeing this was because of fossil fuel burning, which increases greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. 

Between 1880 and 1980 temperatures rose on average by 0.07 degrees Celsius or 0.13 degrees Fahrenheit every ten years. Since 1981, however, the rate of increase has doubled. 

The result of this is that our planet is hotter than ever before. NIne of our hottest years since 1880 have happened since 2005, and five of them have happened since 2015. 

Every year scientists learn more about the negative impact of global warming, and each year we gain evidence of its terrible impact on people and our planet. Though everyone is affected by climate change, not everyone is affected equally. Indigenous people, people of color, and the poverty-stricken typically get the worst of it. Inequities built into our housing, health care, and labor system make these people vulnerable to the worst parts of climate change, even though these communities have done the least to contribute to it. 

Besides affecting people climate change has an even bigger effect on the planet. Earth’s ocean temperature is getting warmer too, warmer oceans cause our ice caps to melt, which causes our ocean to rise, in the future this could swallow coastal cities whole.

Global warming has so many effects that hurt the planet, I just covered the main effects! If you have anything else to share about the topic please let us know in the comments. 

 

Sources: https://climate.nasa.gov/resources/global-warming-vs-climate-change/

https://www.nrdc.org/stories/global-warming-101