Environmental Justice Foundation (EFJ) reports say 10% of the global populations are at risk of forced displacement due to climate change. Can you imagine the heartache of slowly foreseeing something before it actually happen, Especially something that you have no control over. According to the EFJ, over the next 40 years, global warming will destroy about 150 million climate refugees to migrate to other countries. In the year 2008, 20,000 people and more were displaced due to climate related natural disasters. More recently, which I bet we all will never forget is Hurricane Sandy, which really hit home; many were displaced after that natural disaster as well. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) believes that over the 50 years Countries will lose either all or a significant amount of their land, due to the increase in the sea level.
The EFJ estimates nearly 150 million will be displaced by a natural disaster occurrence by the year 2050. That’s only 37 years from now, If were lucky many of us will still be living, This is happening in our generation and our children generation, and all over the world, Bangladesh has occurred up to 70 natural disasters climate related in the past 10 years alone; Just something to think about.
Did you know that global warming is taking affect on polar bears? Currently there is a rapid and deadly decline. As suggested by a scientific group the Ursus Maritimus, polar bears spends majority of their time at sea than on land. Being that the climate is warming, everything in site is melting which is huge threat for polar bears well being. While on land, Polar bears eat little to nothing. Polar bears are now going hungry for longer periods of time. It’s mostly at sea, on ice, where they hunt for there food. According to the Geological Survey project, 2/3 of polar bears will disappear by the year 2050. The U.S. Geological Survey projects also reported, in the year 2011, a female polar bear swam straight, nonstop for 9 days across the Beaufort Sea before finally reaching an ice floe. This cost her to lose 22 percent of her weight and a cub. Also in the year 2011, the Arctic sea was at its warmest. That year the Artic saw its lowest Arctic ice level since the year 1979. Global warming is happing right now, our generation, right before our eyes. The near future for all polar bears are indeed in jeopardy.
Hurricane Sandy has proven to be such catastrophic event and also a blow to the north coast. According to the Huffington Post the effects of Hurricane Sandy had nothing to do with global warming. The argument here is that that Hurricane Sandy was not due to global warming but rather natural causes. Here the climate change had nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy, but rather it was hurricane season, and hurricanes as well as topical storms occurs with or without global warming. However, it is projected, as the climate warms there will be greater intense storms to go. Furthermore, researcher goes on to say that state of New York was doomed regardless due to Geographic’s. Long Island’s long and narrow shape was a factor to channel the surge from the storm. New York in general is more susceptible to storm surges. Hurricane Sandy broke an all time high record of 13.2-foot storm surge in the Big Apple. According to the Huffington post, “At least 1 foot of those 13.2 feet was arguably due to sea-level rise.”
At First I took sandy oh so lightly, I could not have been any more unprepared. I didn’t have a flashlight, water, food or gas. I did not think Super storm Sandy was going to be nowhere as bad. Maybe a little light flickering here, dish network cable outage there the most.
We can all join and help our economy by getting involved and thinking about our lives In the long run. Taking care of the economy is on the back of our list to do’s or some might not even give it any thought, like me. Bringing awareness to this growing issue is a start for change. If you have ever wonder what little you can do u make to help make a big change one can plant trees, take shorter showers, which will be a hard one for me, instead of driving, try riding a bike. I personality don’t happening a much in our society. Try to do full loads of laundry rather than few items on the daily basics. I’m so guilty when it comes to this, buying bottled water, I refuse to drink tap water knowingly, but I guess it won’t kill to me buy a filter. It will also save money. The cold is my worse enemy so when I read putting on extra clothes to keep warm instead of turning up the heat. My heart froze. During the fall until late spring so far, the heart is usually on. Extra clothes in the house is just uncomfortable to me. Starting today I’m try to suck it up and practice what I preach and do something about global warming, such little can go a long way.
The greenhouse gases effect is not the sole purpose of global warming. However, certain changes that take place in one climate system can cause additional changes elsewhere. These secondary changes are known as climate feedbacks. Climate feedback, According to NASA, “could more than double the amount of warming caused by carbon dioxide alone”. Snow, ice, water vapor, clouds and the carbon cycle are prime examples of the primary feedbacks. The most common feedback comes from the Northern Hemisphere, which is the melting snow and ice. Warmer climates as you know are continuously melting large amounts of the Arctic sea ice. One of the largest feedbacks is water vapor. Did you know that water vapor causes an estimate of 2/3 of the greenhouse warming? What determines the amount of additional warming that will come about is the amount of water vapor that accumulates in the atmosphere. Clouds are similarly to the water vapor feedback. A clouds cause additional warming because clouds absorbs infrared energy from surfaces in warmer areas, than they are. And lastly, the carbon cycle, “the increased carbon dioxide concentrations and warming temperatures are causing changes in the Earth’s natural carbon cycle that causes feedback on atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration”. For me more information visit:
On January 8 2013, The New York times reported, “Global warming has become perhaps the most complicated issue facing world leaders”. However, Global warming not only effects world leaders bout all of us. We are in this together. Matter of fact it’s society are part contributors; according to the New York Times, The primary results of reasoning behind global warming is due to the “emissions from unfettered burning of fossil fuels and the razing of tropical forest”. It has been reported by the National Climatic Data Center that the year 2012 have been the hottest year ever season round in the United States; since records first been recorded in the year 1895. President Obama has been working to help reduce global warming. Obama financed clean energy projects and pursued new regulations emissions from power plants and cars. Since President Obama took office in 2008 he managed to keep the United States emissions down by 6 percent within the past five years. His goal in regards to global warming is to reduce the US emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. For the most part, the US emissions were down by 6 percent largely due to the effects of the recession and the drop in industrial and electricity production.
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