Don’t we all know that climate change is a significant issue? But are you aware of the current state of our environment? Or do you have any idea when will climate change become irreversible? Keep reading the article if you want to find the answers to all of these questions.
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What Is Climate Change?
Climate change is long-term shifts in temperature and weather patterns. While these shifts are natural, human activities have been the primary driver of climate change since the 1800s, mainly due to fossil fuel combustion (such as coal, oil, and gas), producing heat-trapping gases.
As per a landmark study, climate warming led to at least a third of the massive ice fields in Asia’s high mountain chain melting, posing severe threats to nearly 2 billion people.
According to a survey, one-third of the Himalayan ice cover is at risk of collapsing. As a result of extreme climate change, this has occurred. It is estimated that, even if carbon emissions are drastically reduced, and global warming is limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius, 36 percent of the glaciers in the Hindu Kush and Himalaya ranges will have vanished by 2100.
As per studies, if emissions are not reduced, the loss will increase to two-thirds. This scenario will soon become irreversible, and no one will change it despite their best efforts if the situation remains unchanged. Although it demonstrates that we are already in a terrible state, there are still reasons to be optimistic.
What Are The Risks Associated With Climate Change?
Until recently, everyone has been aware that climate change impacts all areas globally. The water level is rising while polar ice caps are melting. Extreme weather events and irregular rainfall patterns are growing more common in some areas, while extreme heat waves and droughts are becoming more regular in others. There are other hazardous consequences as well like:
Rise in maximum & minimum temperatures
A rise in sea levels
High ocean temperatures
Severe weather occurrences such as floods, droughts, and heat waves are predicted to become more frequent in the future due to climate change.
What Climatic Scenario Do We Have Right Now?
Assessments done at various periods reveal that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased considerably during the previous five decades. More regular wildfires, prolonged drought periods in some locations, and a rise in the number, duration, and severity of tropical storms are possible future implications of global climate change. The temperature rises ten times faster under such circumstances, which is unique.
Now let’s look at the effects of carbon dioxide on our environment.
How Is CO2 Emission Affecting Our Planet?
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The proportion of carbon emissions trapped in our environment produces global warming, which leads to climate change, which manifests itself in the melting of glaciers, increasing sea levels, disruption of wildlife habitat, weather extremes, and a slew of other potentially disastrous consequences.
We all are aware that human activities such as industrial operations are the primary source of carbon dioxide emissions in the environment. But what else are humans doing that is affecting our climate that badly?
Impact Of Human Activity On Climate Change
By burning fossil fuels, tearing down forests, and raising animals, humans progressively influence the climate and the earth’s temperature. This adds an immense quantity of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere’s already existing ones, intensifying the greenhouse effect and leading to global warming.
Climate change has a wide range of potentially harmful consequences. It is now imperative that necessary steps be taken, or the situation would become irrevocable. It will be too late if no one undertakes action to improve our environment, and we will all bear the consequences.
What Urgent Measures Should Be Made To Combat Climate Change?
Climate change is a development issue at its core. It has the potential to worsen poverty and stifle economic growth. Simultaneously, developing countries and their investments to fulfill a growing population’s energy, food, and water needs can either drive climate change and increase global dangers or contribute to solutions. Here are some suggestions for improving the situation:
Put a price on carbon emissions.
Subsidies for fossil fuels must be eliminated.
Increase energy efficiency and renewable energy consumption to create low-carbon, resilient cities.
Implement climate-smart farming and protect forest landscapes.
Many countries have been striving to address the issue of climate change for a long time. For example, the Paris Agreement was signed by 195 countries in December 2015. This is the most crucial agreement for international collaboration on climate change, and countries are working to make it a reality. The United Kingdom, France, and New Zealand have all committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
These agreements are evidence that there is still hope for us. No one wants to waste this possibility. Therefore everyone is doing whatever they can to save our planet. It’s essential to keep in mind that our decisions today will impact the earth for decades, if not centuries, to come. These efforts are helpful for individual and community wellbeing, equity, environmental justice, quality of life, and our collective futures, in addition to the environment.
Dr. Emily Greenfield is a highly accomplished environmentalist with over 30 years of experience in writing, reviewing, and publishing content on various environmental topics. Hailing from the United States, she has dedicated her career to raising awareness about environmental issues and promoting sustainable practices.