The Effects Of Climate Change On Our Planet Essay

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Humans have become an increasingly powerful environmental force during their time on earth. With the invention of agriculture, humans began to change the earth’s land, and with the industrial revolution, humans started to affect the earth’s atmosphere. One of the most recent and concerning human impacts is urbanization: an increase in the percentage of the number of people living in urban settlements (Rubenstein 454). There are many consequences that come with the rapid urbanization occurring on earth, but the most concerning and irreversible effect is urbanizations contribution to climate change.
Although there is still debate to who or what is causing climate change, there is no denying the reality that climate change is currently affecting our planet. In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated, “Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal… The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is very likely human-induced and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years.” . Since the heat-trapping nature of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases was discovered in the mid-19th century, there is no question the increase in these gases are causing the increase the temperature of the Earth . So, if humans are the cause of climate change, then why didn’t the current rise in global temperature occur about 10,000 years ago , when humans first started changing the planet? The most recent…

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