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Climate Change and the Science Behind It
Many would define climate change simply and passively as changes in global or regional climate patterns, but climate change is becoming more and more personal as it affects each of us that live on planet Earth. Over the past 20 years, evidence that humans are affecting the climate has accumulated inexorably. Scientists think that the principal driver of recent climate change is greenhouse gas emissions from human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels to make electricity, cars, and fuel factories.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says "The scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal". All major global surface temperature reconstructions have proven that the Earth has warmed since 1880. The 20 warmest years Earth has experienced have been since 1981,and surface temperatures have exponentially increased since. A big part of our planet that have felt the effects of warming are our oceans. They have felt most of the increased heat, and many of the animals that depend on the ocean such as fish, as well as their predators, have felt the effects of global warming. Sea levels have also been rapidly rising, leading to many animals losing their homes, most notably the Arctic Polar Bear. But it isn't just an animal's problem anymore, major cities also are now in danger of being drowned alive if we don't change our policies soon.
Why Should We Care?
- Glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, and people's lives are in danger. Cities such as Miami, Florida are expected to be completely underwater in less than a century.
- We will experience longer, more dangerous heat waves
- Animals and humans alike will die off, leaving a barren world behind them