The Pros And Cons Of Climate Change On The Environment

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Driving to your upstate to your grandma’s house, cooking a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, turning on the lights to light the dinner table, baking a pumpkin pie, turning up the heater to warm us from the cold freezing winds are all some of the daily activities that we do without thinking twice. However, these activities are slowly emitting a greenhouse gas called carbon dioxide or CO2. According to Merriam-Webster, a greenhouse gas is “any gaseous compounds that absorb infrared radiation and trap heat in the atmosphere.” Without greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, Earth would be a frozen world. However, humans have burned so much fossil fuel that the greenhouse gases are causing the whole planet to become warmer. This causes detrimental issues for the environment, animals and humans all over the world. Although world leaders know about it, some chose to ignore it or deny that climate change is …show more content…
James Hansen, the former head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, one of the most respected climatologists in the world. Many scientists, climate experts and progressive national governments had agreed with Dr. Hansen that 350ppm is the “safe” level of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Ppm stands for parts per million. The organization was inspired from the 350ppm goal for our carbon dioxide level. 401ppm is Earth’s current level of carbon dioxide and at the beginning of human civilization, our atmosphere contained 274ppm of carbon dioxide. Every year now 2 ppm of carbon dioxide is being added to the atmosphere. The human race risk triggering the tipping points and our actions may have irreversible effects on Earth not including the effects that are already occurring

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