We’re going to weather a storm!
Whether it’s because you’ve been caught in the midst of a snowstorm, or it’s simply just so hot outside that I hate when my dog melts and you want to find out more about what climate change is, this blog post will give you all the knowledge necessary to weather any storm. With articles about climate environments, scientific research on global warming and sea level rise, and questions answered about an ever-changing planet, this is one blog post worth sticking around for.
1. What causes climate change, and why is it happening?
Climate change is the long-term trend or change in global or regional weather patterns that marks an increase or decrease in greenhouse gas levels over time. Although many people think of climate change as simply referring to what the weather will be like in their lifetime, this is not entirely true. The Environmental Protection Agency was recently given the task of evaluating all of the potential threats to human health, and they concluded that climate change presents a major threat to public health across the United States. The changes we see every day can be attributed to changes already ongoing due to greenhouse gas levels and climate change.
2. What exactly is climate change?
Climate change is caused by the burning of fossil fuels and other types of energy, particularly hydrocarbons. These changes in greenhouse gasses have a profound effect on our environment, and as long as we continue to burn fossil fuels at such high rates, the effects will be irreversible. When oil prices spiked in 2008, it caused an estimated jump in carbon emissions of up to 12%, which was still higher than the 6-9% rise predicted for 2013.
3. How does this affect us?
Global warming has been shown to cause a number of problems that could prove extremely detrimental to our health. Increased levels of acid rain occur due to lower levels of oxygen in the atmosphere. This can make it more difficult for plants to grow and has been linked to the drop in fish stocks in the Atlantic Ocean. Some studies have shown that drought has become a larger problem than ever before, with most of the dry periods occurring more frequently and lasting longer on average. Droughts destroy crops, which is why many farmers fear for the future; this will only become more prevalent in a world where climate change becomes more extreme. Furthermore, heat waves are expected to become increasingly common by 2030 in many parts of the world; this could prove deadly if we don’t start taking precautions soon.
4. Why do people believe that climate change is a hoax?
It makes sense that people are skeptical of global warming and the fact that we can actually reverse the effects, but this doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t believe in climate change. Politicians have been critical of the overwhelming amount of data and evidence on climate change, but this is due to their ties to big oil companies. With billions of dollars at stake, some politicians will go to great lengths to cloud the issue and make it more confusing for everyone else. The best way to prevent yourself from getting fooled by these political tactics is to read up on as much information as you can.
5. What are the effects of climate change on wildlife?
Recent studies have shown that warming temperatures and habitat loss could contribute to the extinction of one-fifth of all plant and animal species worldwide by 2050. This is due to the fact that animals tend to live in certain areas, and if their habitat changes drastically over time, they will either have to move or risk dying out. The best way to help prevent this is by fighting climate change at its source. Those who advocate for climate change have been trying to raise awareness about global warming since Al Gore’s book An Inconvenient Truth was published in 2006; he won an Oscar for his documentary of the same name.
6. How will climate change affect our food?
As we’ve seen, carbon dioxide is a major component of the greenhouse effect and affects the environment in a variety of ways. It makes plants grow by allowing more light to enter the atmosphere, and this contributes to global warming. Since plants are essential to our crop industry, the effects can be felt throughout our daily lives. For instance, farmers will have to deal with droughts and flooding simultaneously, making it hard for them to make a choice between crops while also having to deal with market fluctuations.
7. What are some ways that we can help prevent climate change?
Most efforts that are being made right now are focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions or even preventing them altogether. Some of the most popular efforts include producing more renewable energy and allowing nuclear power to decrease. On an individual level, you can make a difference by driving less and taking public transportation if possible. In fact, one of the only ways to reduce carbon emissions is by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, which is something that individuals can do.
8. What exactly is the Department of Energy doing about climate change?
The final question we’ll tackle today reveals the incredibly important role that DOE plays in understanding climate change. The DOE currently has over 6,000 scientists that work in Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. These scientists are tasked with studying climate change and trying to pinpoint a way to prevent it from happening. They also conduct research on energy efficiency, storage and transportation; this is due to the fact that the DOE is primarily concerned with keeping America’s energy reserves as safe as possible. Although we’re still unsure about most of these answers, the Department of Energy can be trusted to fight climate change and discover ways for us to reverse it before it becomes a serious problem.
Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing our country; it affects every single person and every single living thing on this planet. We’ve seen that it will likely be irreversible if we keep burning fossil fuel, so for our sake and for the sake of future generations, the best thing we can do is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. The DOE plays an extremely important role in making sure that happens; they have been studying climate change for years and have made some great strides in helping us better understand what’s going on. For more information about them, you can visit their website, where you’ll find all of their current projects and informative articles about global warming.