The consequences of climate change


Yesenia Fuerte, Staff writer

Global warming is a crisis that’s happening not only in America, but all over the world. Some people believe Global warming does not exist, but in reality, the glaciers in Antarctica are melting.

If these glaciers keep melting, it raises the water levels, which can cause the world to overflow.

According to NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), it states that the global temperature has risen 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit (-16.7 Celsius) sine 1880. This affects the world because even with a small temperature change the glaciers melt.

Just in this year, the Artic sea ice cover has shrunk to the second lowest point since NASA started tracking this in the late 1970’s. At the university of Colorado-Boulder, it shows that the ice’s minimum extent was reached by September 15, 2020. The ice measured 1.44 million square miles (3.74 million square kilometers).

How does Global warming affect us? It can affect us in many ways. A first example is it increases the heat. During this past winter we had we had the warmest Christmas in Illinois. The temperature went up to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, making it officially the second warmest Christmas in Illinois. This is 25 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the average temperature in Illinois.

According to the university of Stanford there is a limit to fossil fuels, and we have been knowing this for decades. We are also aware that there can be a shortage of oil, that can happen around 2052, and gas follows that in 2060. They also believe that coal can last up to another seventy years, meaning by 2090 there will be no more. If we keep killing fossil fuels with all the smoke and coal we burn, it will keep melting the glaciers.

If all glaciers melt, it can flood all costal states and many major cities, including Boston, Miami, New Orleans, and Charleston, South Carolina. These places can flood as far as two hundred feet below water if not more.

This can also affect population in a big way. The world is already overpopulated. When all glaciers begin to melt, this will make people evacuate to a place they now will not flood or be affected in a big way.

Many people around the world have been trying to minimize the amount of fossil fuels we are burning. Somethings people have been doing are going solar panels to minimize how much they waste and how much companies waste. NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) have also recommend to eat all the food you buy and waste only water that is necessary if we want to live longer on Planet Earth.