Many people question if Global Warming is really happening.
To answer that, yes, Global Warming is happening right now!
I would like to share some of the interesting facts discovered by the United Nations about Climate Change.
The main cause of Global Warming is a steady increase of greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases naturally keep the Earth at a safe 15°C. However, an increase of pollution, specifically from fossil fuels, increases the amount of greenhouse gases. As a result, the overall temperature of Earth increases, therefore causing global warming.
How does this affect us?
It’s scary, but a slight increase in temperature every year can have a huge impact to the environment every year!
An increase in temperature causes ice in the arctic and on glaciers to melt. The melting ice then causes sea-levels to rise. According to the United Nations, “widespread melting of glaciers will create risk of flash floods.”
I had the privilege to visit the Athabasca Glacier in Alberta. The Glacier was huge and absolutely breathtaking. However I learned that the beautiful glacier was slowly receding. According to Parks Canada the, “Athabasca Glacier has been receding or melting for the last 125 years. Losing half its volume and retreating more than 1.5 kms.” It’s frightening to think that one day that glacier could melt completely.
Animals, like polar bears, are at risk because of the depleting ice in the arctic. We are melting their homes. The National Wildlife Federation states that, “U.S. Geological Survey projects … two thirds of polar bears will disappear by 2050.”
I would hate to see the extinction of there amazing creatures. However, polar bears are only one of the many animals at risk. Global Warming is putting animals and humans at risk.
These are only a few of the many facts that I hope to share with you throughout this year. I will also be blogging about simple ways you can help the environment so stay tuned!
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Thanks for all your support!
Shovanna P, Miss Teenage Fraser Valley 2014