What Is Climate Change Essay

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Climate Change
The issues of climate change and global warming have began increasing at an exceptionally alarming rate. Many people believe that this has become a major problem in today’s world, but nothing is being done to stop it. Industrial companies have been led to believe that climate change does not exist and is not a threat rather than change their ways to accommodate our planet. Other countries believe that the climate change is not within our control. The disregard for how our actions are impacting the earth, the misuse of fossil fuels, and industrialization are affecting the environment and are directly contributing to climate change. According to researchers at Earth Journalism Network “Climate change is a paradoxical subject.
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Yet it is not being dealt with as a top priority. The increase in temperatures have been causing issues not only with the economy, but with our oceans, farms, air quality, freshwater sources, and plant and animal species. Our ocean sea levels have begun rising and are warmer, causing stronger storms, dying coral reefs, fish migration, increased glacier melt, coastal flooding, and an increase in acidity in the water. The ocean has aided in trapping heat and carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels released into the atmosphere for decades, but it can only physically do so much. There is evidence that has made it exceptionally clear that we, as a nation, are ruining our oceans by overusing them and not taking care of them. “Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels have significantly increased since 1900. Since 1970, CO2 emissions have increased by about 90%, with emissions from fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes contributing about 78% of the total greenhouse gas emissions increase from 1970 to 2011”(US Environmental Protection Agency). The increase in temperatures and CO2 have benefited our local farms, but have had a very negative impact on many other aspects of life. Flooding and droughts have been a result of global warming causing issues with agriculture and farming on how we grow and supply our products. The …show more content…
Major rises in the planet 's temperature were seen when the industrial revolution started. “Many businesses accept that climate change is real but are waiting for signals from governments before making long-term investments in measures to address the threat. Meanwhile powerful forces, notably the polluting industries and fossil fuel sector, have deep vested interest in maintaining business as usual” (Earth Journalism Network). Climate change and global warming are a difficult subject, just as Michael Pollan explains in his essay “Why Bother?” He discusses the issue of “bothering” and doing all these things to go green and make a difference, but does it make a difference when you have millions of people being careless and doing nothing to address climate change as an issue. Which brings up the question is bothering about climate change and global warming worth it? The answer is yes, climate change and global warming are very worth doing something about. Just as Pollan states “If you do bother, you will set an example for other people. If enough other people bother, each one influencing yet another in a chain reaction of behavioral change, markets for all manner of green products and alternative technologies will prosper and expand.

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