Global Warming

A Ticking Time-Bomb

Points Of View

Some people say that it's affects are greatly exaggerated and we have bigger problems to focus on at the moment or they think just because global warming and greenhouse gases are happening at the same time doesn't mean they are related, here is a quote from Freeman Dyson, professor emeritus at Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University, in an email interview:

"Climate change is a real problem, partly caused by human activities, but its importance has been grossly exaggerated.

"It is far less important than other social problems such as poverty, infectious diseases, deforestation, extinction of species on land and in the sea, not to mention war, nuclear weapons and biological weapons. and here is another quote from a different point of view Jim Hansen, director of NASA'S Goddard Institute for Space Studies, in an email interview:

"The argument about whether there is global warming is over. It is now clear that, for thirty years, we have been in a strong global warming trend at a rate of about 0.2 Celsius per decade for the past 30 years, [meaning] there has been 1 degree Fahrenheit (0.56 degrees Celsius) global warming in the past 30 years. The Earth is now at its warmest level in the period of instrumental data, that is, since the late 1800s."that suggests we have to prevent it and prepare for it as much as possible before it becomes a global catastrophe.

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Global Warming Impacts

Global warming is starting to affect our weather, hurricanes and storms are getting stronger in the tropics and the world is getting hotter as well. Although the temperature has only risen 5 degrees celsius in the last 5000 years the predicted rate for the next century is about twenty times faster than this and most people are anxious to stop it.

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what is being done to prevent further Global Warming

Greenpeace are campaigning for fossil fuels to stay in the ground and replace them with wind, solar and geothermal energy, all these energy sources can produce 96% of our electricity and 98% of our heating. Companies like Apple are also making efforts to reduce their carbon footprint 87% of Apple's global operations run on renewable power.

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the map shows the British thermal units (B.T.U.) used by the average person for each country every year, the colours represent how much is being used in the different countries.