How Climate Change is Destroying our Earth. {Infographic}

Via on Mar 18, 2013

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From our friends at Living Green Magazine—Where Green is Read.

Climate Change is Real

Thanks to extensive research and noticeable changes in weather and storm prevalence, it’s getting harder to turn a blind eye to the reality of climate change.

Since the Industrial Age spurred the increasing usage of fossil fuels for energy production, the weather has been warming slowly. In fact, since 1880, the temperature of the earth has increased by 1.4 degrees Farenheit.

Although 72 percent of media outlets report on global warming with a skeptical air, the overwhelming majority of scientists believe that the extreme weather of the last decade is at least partially caused by global warming. Some examples of climate calamities caused partly by global warming include:

  • >> Hurricane Katrina
  • >> Drought in desert countries
  • >> Hurricane Sandy
  • >> Tornadoes in the Midwest

These storms, droughts, and floods are causing death and economic issues for people all over the world—many of whom cannot afford to rebuild their lives from the ground up after being wiped out by a tsunami or other disaster.

Evidence also indicates that the face of the Earth is changing because of warming trends. The ice caps of the Arctic are noticeably shrinking, the ice cap of Mt. Kilimanjaro alone has shrunk by 85 percent in the last hundred years, and the sea levels are rising at the rate of about three millimeters per year because of all the melting ice.

Climate change is also affecting wildlife—for instance, Arctic polar bears are at risk of losing their environment; the Golden Toad has gone extinct; and the most adaptable species are evolving into new versions capable of withstanding warmer water.

Despite some naysayers with alternative theories about why global temperatures are rising—including the idea that the earth goes through natural temperature cycles every few millennia—the dramatic changes in the earth’s atmospheric makeup suggests humans are to blame. In fact, 97 percent of scientists agree humans are responsible for climate change.

Since the Industrial Revolution, carbon dioxide levels increased 38 percent because of humans, methane levels have increased 148 percent, nitrous oxide is up more than 15 percent—and the list goes on and on, all because of human-instigated production, manufacturing, and organizations and individuals work hard to promote an Earth-friendly existence, resistance to change is rampant and actions are slow.

For instance, while the US Environmental Protection Agency is still working on collecting data to support development of greenhouse gas reduction expectations for businesses, most of their efforts feel more like pre-research than actual change. Other countries have made efforts—such as signing to Kyoto Protocol to reduce their 1990 emission levels by 18 percent by 2020—but the only solution will require the whole world band together.

Steps anyone can take to reduce global warming include:

  • >> Driving a car with good gas mileage, or investing in a hybrid or electric car
  • >> Switching from incandescent light bulbs to CFL or LED
  • >> Insulating your home and stocking it with energy efficient appliances
  • >> Recycling
  • >> Using green power available in your area

Check out the infographic below to see what else the changing climate is affecting:

image: learnstuff.com
image: learnstuff.com

Originally posted at Living Green Magazine—Where Green Is Read

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Ed: Lynn Hasselberger

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7 Responses to “How Climate Change is Destroying our Earth. {Infographic}”

  1. NikolaosB says:

    If we in the 21st century were to relive the exact same weather we had around the globe in the 20th century, we would be in for a much greater loss of life and property damage from these same storms. Thanks to wise and caring Mother Nature, these barely "noticeable changes in weather and storm prevalence" or climate change (something that has always taken place on our planet) is not a bad thing after all! Now that we have one less thing to worry about, lets now eliminate the real reason why 130,000,000 people are at risk of dying from, diseases, drought and famine – lack of neighbourly love and selfish greed!

    • klem says:

      130 million people are at risk? But according to the WHO, about 65 million people die around the world every year anyway, year in and year out. So 130 million is only 2 years worth.

  2. Lowie van Liere says:

    Steps anyone can take to reduce global warming include:
    Here one very important item has been overlooked; the carbon dioxide and methane emission of the agricultural meat industry. But you are in good company, Al Gore (also farmer) negelced it too. The efffects of meat production is far more than the emissions of traffic. Anyone can reduce consumption of meat.
    Information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmRE9MTRPuQ

  3. Vadim says:

    I’m really glad I have found this info. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossips and web and this is really irritating.

  4. samitee says:

    Ahh yes, always with the fear. We're all gonna die and it's all our fault. Fancy, fear laden graphics and all. How silly.

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