Climate Change Activity

By: Jacob Long

What Is Global Warming And Climate Change?

Global warming is the heating up of the environment due to the sun's ray's that get trapped inside the Earth's atmosphere. These rays get trapped in the atmosphere because of carbon and methane emissions. These emissions can be caused from power plants or even from raising cows. Once all these gasses build up, they can block up the atmosphere and trap in sun rays. This causes global climate change which increases temperatures over the years.

What Is The Fundamental Cause Of These Problems?

The fundamental cause of these problems are caused by green house gasses trapping in heat rays. Green house gasses are caused from carbon and methane emissions. Those emissions can be caused from power plants or any other industry that burns coal and releases it into the atmosphere. The gasses can also be caused from cow digestion which releases methane into the environment. The heat rays then get emitted from the sun and get trapped inside the Earth's atmosphere. This overall creates a warmer climate in the world.

What Are Some Consequences Of Global Warming?

There are many consequences of global warming that can affect our everyday lives. Those consequences include, temperature in places all over the world to increase. You will also see a decrease in the amount of glaciers and an increase in the amount of hurricanes and ocean size. Also, some animals that rely on cold conditions like polar bears, may go extinct. These climate changes will also cause business or economy sources to go down hill. For example, ski resorts can go out of business but state beaches will strive. Also, places like New England will have a much higher temperature and will be almost equivalent to North Carolina today. This will have an effect on the maple syrup industry and will decrease there production. As said above, these increased ocean sizes will cause more land to become flooded, and some places like Florida and Louisiana, may be gone forever.

What Are Specific Actions A Middle School Student Can Take To Help Reduce Their Carbon Emissions?

Some simple and easy actions a middle school student can take to help reduce their carbon footprint includes, turning off lights when leaving a room, walk or ride a bike to places instead of taking a car. You could also turn the water off when brushing your teeth and take shorter showers as these take up a lot of electricity. These simple actions can fix and solve a lot of the problems that are happening to Earth today.

Citations

Earth Picture:

By Jackl (Jackl) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons