Global Climate Change

By Gabby Paquette

What is Global Climate Change?

Global Climate Change is a process that causes the whole Earth to warm up.

Heat energy from the sun radiates towards Earth to warm the planet and bounce back into space. Fossil fuels burned in factories emit greenhouse gasses that trap the heat energy in the atmosphere. The Earth becomes too warm with all of the energy inside the atmosphere, and the climate begins to change at a rapid rate.

What is the Fundamental Cause?

The fundamental cause of the warming planet is due to the burning of fossil fuels. Factories burn fuels like coal and oil to use as energy sources. These fossil fuels emit gasses called greenhouse gasses which include Nitric Oxide, Carbon Dioxide, and Sulfuric Acid. Greenhouse gasses can also be emitted from car pipes and smokestacks. These gasses trap heat energy from the Sun in our atmosphere. This pollution causes the process of Global Warming.
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What are Some Consequences?

There are many consequences of Global Climate Change. The warming of the planet is causing a major change in the colder areas. Polar icecaps and glaciers are melting which leaves the polar bears with no place to hunt their prey, and eventually they will die off. Along with the dying of animals, the sea levels are rising because of the melting ice. Over time, the land will be completely submerged underwater. With the changing temperatures, many of the major cropland areas will not be able to produce the food we need. The land and crops will not be able to survive the heat. Eventually the whole world could be starving. These consequences can harm our ways of living.
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What Can We do to Help?

We can reduce our carbon footprints in multiple ways. Everyone can help to get rid of carbon emissions. The first step to reducing our footprints is understanding that our planet does need our help. We can erase the greenhouse gasses by planting trees and being green. Another simple way to help our planet is to recycle. By using reusable shopping bags and recycling cans and bottles, we are saving the Earth from a lot of waste. Turn off the faucet when you are not using water, change your normal light bulbs to fluorescent light bulbs to conserve energy. When not using an electric device, unplug it to save your power sources. Ride a bike to school or work to reduce the amount of gasses coming from your car. If necessary, carpool with a friend. There are many simple ways to save our Earth from the pain that pollution puts it through. Take a minute out of your day to try one of these things, because you can make a difference.
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Image Citations

Smokestacks-University-of-Alberta-Edmonton-Alberta-01.jpg. Digital image. Wikimedia Commons. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/60/Smokestacks-University-of-Alberta-Edmonton-Alberta-01.jpg>.


Antarctica. Digital image. Wikimedia Commons. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4e/Antarctica_%2839985764%29.jpg>.


Rotating Earth. Digital image. Wikimedia Commons. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Earth#mediaviewer/File:Rotating_earth_(large).gif>.


Carbon Footprint. Digital image. Wikimedia Commons. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/15/Carbon_footprint.jpg>.


Recycle. Digital image. Wikimedia Commons. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/48/Recycle.jpg>.