Text Box: Stop Global Warming Now

searea2We all know about Global Warming. You know, the Climate Change crisis that is currently affecting our Earth. What you probably don’t know though is that now, in 2014, the Global Warming crisis is at the worst point it’s ever been at. It’s become an even more important issue than it’s always been because the threat it is currently imposing on our way of life is bigger than it’s ever been before. The reason the Global Warming threat is currently so huge is due to our tremendous burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas.
So what exactly is Global Warming? Global Warming is simply what its name states – it is the warming of the earth. Global Warming starts when something called a greenhouse gas, such as CO2 are released in high concentrations into the atmosphere. They form a “greenhouse”, or shell around our Earth. After this “greenhouse” is formed, the sun sends its rays to Earth which serve as radiation. The rays from the sun bounce back, but because of the “greenhouse”, or shell, that is surrounding the Earth, the rays aren’t able to escape. Because of their inability to escape, they warm the earth. These rays gradually melt icecaps, as shown in my picture of the polar bear above, change our Earth’s weather and change patterns that our Earth has been going by for many, many years. We need to stop these changes or decrease them before it’s too late.
So now that you know how Global Warming is caused, let me tell you fossil fuels’ role in it. When fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas are burned, the carbon dioxide, or CO2 is emitted in large amounts. CO2 is the most common greenhouse gas emitted when fossil fuels are burned. It amounts for 82% of greenhouse gases that are emitted from the burning of fossil fuels. Even though carbon dioxide is naturally occurring, the high concentrations of it that are being emitted into the atmosphere are altering the natural carbon cycle, which is the natural circulation of carbon among the plants, animals, oceans, soil and atmosphere. Researchers say that carbon dioxide emissions from human activities are the primary cause of ocean acidification. They also say that the rate of change is faster than at any time in the past 300 million years, even going as far to predict that by 2100 there will be a 170% increase in ocean acidity, compared to pre-industrial time periods. If carbon dioxide levels serara3aren’t lowered, and fast, marine ecosystems will be damaged and the impacts of climate change will be worsened and irreversible. The only way to do this is to stop burning fossil fuels.
Along with destroying our Earths’ ecosystems, there is also evidence that climate change could increase the number of volcanic eruptions.  Scientists believe that the rapid rise in sea levels could cause a dramatic increase in the number of volcanic eruptions. Every so often, shifts in the Earth’s orbit lead to a very quick warming of Earth, which leads to a quick rise in sea level and the massive melting of glaciers. The speed of the transitions from complete ice to melting predicts how intensely the volcanic eruptions have increased, which is scary.

Global Warming is having dramatic effects on our Earth – and fast. If we don’t stop burning fossil fuels and if we don’t do anything about the high concentrations of carbon dioxide being emitted into our Earth, we will seriously damage our Earth and there will be nothing we can do about it. We need to stop climate change…before it changes us.