What is Global Warming?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, global warming is a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants. It has been observed since the pre-industrial period between 1850 and 1900 due to human activities and the use of fossil fuel burning that increased heat-trapping greenhouse gas levels in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Global Warming vs Climate Change
The difference between climate change and global warming is Climate change includes both global warming driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Global warming is the earth’s atmosphere temperature rising from greenhouse effects.
How is Global Warming affecting us?
- Increase in average temperatures and temperature extremes: this is an obvious effect that can be seen as the temperature has been rising across the world. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average global temperature has increased by 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degrees Celsius) over the past 100 years. The record began in 1895 and with that data, we were able to see the hottest year on record worldwide was in 2016 as researched by NOAA and NASA data.
- Extreme weather events: is another effect of global warming. Just as we experience the hottest summers, we also have extremely colder-than-normal winters. With these extreme weather changes examples such as hurricanes may be less frequent on a global basis but can be more intense and dangerous such as Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane that occurred in 2012 on the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean to Canada.
- Ice Melt: is a primary manifestation of climate change that the permafrost (permanently frozen ground) is thawing. There was a case in 2016 that released long-buried microbes of a buried reindeer carcasses that thaw that cause an anthrax outbreak.
- Sea Levels and Ocean Acidification: as we talk about ice melt this affects the sea level rises. This is happening across the Arctic and Antarctic regions is melting polar ice and melting ice sheets and glaciers across Greenland, North America, South America, Europe, and Asia according to LiveScience. Sea level isn’t the only thing changing for the oceans due to global warming. As levels of CO2 increase, the oceans absorb some of that gas, which increases the acidity of seawater.
- Social Effects: global warming, has also taken a toll on society and making it even more devastating. An example would be our agricultural system that is affected by drought, severe weather, more diverse pests, and lower groundwater tables.
How can we prevent global warming?
So, let’s ask ourselves…how and what can we do to prevent global warming from getting worse?
- Power your home with renewable energy
- Invest in energy-efficient appliances
- Reduce water waste
- Drive a fuel-efficient vehicle
- Shrink your carbon footprint
- Buy food you will actually eat
- Talk about it!
If we re-evaluate our lifestyle, just by thinking about food and the amount of waste we create from that alone. This can be the first step to preventing global warming because it’s true that we should only buy what we will actually eat. Resulting in why we created our blog Made Guilt Free to share such recipes and tips. We are all guilty of forgetting about foods we’ve purchased that we store in the fridge and/or pantry. Allowing them to go bad and then having to toss them in the trash.
Let’s prevent adding more waste into our landfills as this is the leading cause of greenhouse gases that are harming our earth’s atmosphere. You can even learn more about composting that we shared on another post that can help with global warming. Once you start, you will want to make your home green from electricity to energy-efficient appliances to fuel-efficient vehicles. A little will go a long way.
When talking about this topic, I just think of how Youtubers Mr.Beast and Mark Rober started #TeamTrees to raise $20 million USD by 2020 to plant 20 million trees globally to reduce the carbon in our atmosphere and bring back the green that was lost through wildfires and natural disasters. Not only has this brought attention to other social creators to join the community, but companies such Tesla, Verizon, and Shopify too! Along with their viewers in 200 countries. A year later, even with Covid-19 happening, they were still able to 7.1 million trees on 6 continents and still going strong to accomplish this goal. If this is possible to have a global community join together to spread awareness or was even able to donate is possible, I believe we can definitely save our home… earth.