The Importance Of The Environment On The Environment

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When was the last time people talked about the environment? Since the beginning of time, many people have not expressed much interest in the environment and how sustainable it actually is. The current attitudes about climate change, environmentalism, and sustainability is that many people are not informed or ignore what is truly going on in our environment. In other cultures, the government does not keep this information from the people and sets laws to help make the environment sustainable. I believe we need to pay more attention to climate change and start to believe what we are being told by scientists and do something to help reverse the consequences we have unleashed.
We need to find sustainable resources and start using them if we are
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The USEPA definition of global warming is, “The gradual increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere and its oceans, a change that is permanently changing earth’s climate.” When carbon dioxide is released, it traps heat and steadily rises the Earth’s temperature. Climate scientists have concluded that the average temperature of Earth has increased by 1.5°F over the past century, and is projected to rise another 0.5 to 8.6°F over the next hundred years. There has been an increase in volume of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases released by burning fossil fuel, land clearing, agriculture and other human activities. NASA concluded, “the amount of carbon dioxide released was 440.95ppm” (parts per million). These activities are believed to be the culprits of the last 50 years of global warming. These potential changes may seem small but if the average temperature of the planet continues to increase, it will bring large and potentially dangerous shifts in climate and …show more content…
The fossil fuels we burn for energy like coal, natural gas, and oil plus continuous deforestation, especially in the tropics can have significant and devastating effects on our climate, health, and communities. We face potentially catastrophic consequences. The rise of sea level is rapidly growing. Cities at low elevations could flood. Scientists predict that places like Ethiopia, a country in which droughts are common, rainfall could decrease by 10 percent over the next 50 years. As global warming worsens, National Geographic states, “Ecosystems will change, some species will move farther north or become more successful; others won’t be able to move and could become extinct.” We would be affected if species were to become extinct because it would cause a disruption to the food chain. The number of large wildfires is increasing. More wildfires would mean that we need to use more water to eliminate them. Heat waves are becoming more intense each summer. During these intense heat waves, we are likely to “increase electricity demand for cooling in the summer and increase electricity, natural gas, heating oil, and wood demand for heating in the winter” (USEPA). Storm events are more extreme in many areas. There are severe droughts going on. If we do not take the time to address global warming and its consequences, the problem will continue to worsen, become more expensive, and affect our planet even more.

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