The Harmful Effects Of Global Warming And The Environment

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It is on the local news or found in the newspaper. It is in the air that people breathe every single day. However, many humans are still not aware of the harmful effects of global warming. Carbon is emitted into the air daily because of the burning of fossil fuels. Eventually, we will run out of fossil fuels. Then what happens? There are plenty of clean alternatives that put little to no greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. One small switch at a time could save a population of polar bears or even someone’s life. Global warming is causing the earth to change in multiple ways, some too quick to adapt to. But nature is not to blame. Humans are to blame for putting harmful things into the environment. We are the only thing that can save us. For …show more content…
Species of birds who have migrated to the same place for years are now changing their routes. Some are not even going at all anymore. The mockingbird species, for example, does not even need to migrate anymore because the temperatures have become warmer in their usual region. This is actually quite scary to think about. It is proof that the earth has warmed up so significantly that some animals do not even need to migrate anymore. What is next? Bears not hibernating? Well, that day may come if we keep allowing global warming to happen. Another notable species are the mosquitoes. Since the temperatures have risen, mosquitoes have been able to increase their range. This could end up being very dangerous because they carry malaria and other diseases. Some of these new areas that they can expand to may not be able to afford protection or treatment against these diseases. This is an example of nature fighting back. If nature gets affected, so do we. Forms of life are interconnected, so if one species is being affected, it is like a chain reaction (Harmon, D. E. (2009). Al Gore and global warming. New York: Rosen Pub.). Back to species in the Arctic, the drilling that takes place there strengthens our dependence on the use of fossil fuels. When the drilling occurs, carbon is released into the air and that in turn endangers species. The Arctic is the homeland where the harshest effects of global warming …show more content…
Using clean energy sources is a must. Although they cannot completely take place of fossil fuels, they can cut them out significantly. Renewable resources, like water or ice, emit little to no greenhouse gas. Like in Greenland, they used the melting ice to their advantage and created hydroelectric power plants. Also, northern Canada has taken advantage of their vast landscape. Wind turbines are a great source of energy and the moving air makes electricity. They work best over large, broad areas, like Canada or the Arctic. There, an Arctic wind farm was created and it cut the amount of diesel fuel by 10%. But, wind turbines would not work well in cities because it is not the proper location for them. Other solutions, like solar power, would work well in highly populated areas because of the large number of buildings. Solar panels could be put on top of buildings or apartments. Another great option is geothermal energy, which takes heat from the earth and uses it for energy (McPherson, S. S. (2015). Arctic thaw: Climate change and the global race for energy resources. Lerner Publishing Group.). There are plenty of solutions out there that can replace fossil fuels. Yes, it would cause a few changes. But those changes have long term benefits for the entire planet. The ironic thing is, people who do the least amount of harm feel the same effects as the ones who do a lot of harm. It is not fair and it is unjust.

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