Storms and Ice…
As many of you may have noticed, there have been a significant number of severe storms in the past 10 years such as Hurricane Isaac, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. These storms have been devastating for many people, and have destroyed homes, jobs, and lives. The question raised is “Are these storms caused by global warming, and if so is this process anthropogenic?” As of right now, we do not have an exact answer, however; many climatologists believe they have evidence that proves these storms are happening due to anthropogenic global warming. Since global warming is warming the earth, it is warming the ocean as well. The problem is, if a storm travels through a warm patch in the ocean, it can get increasingly more violent. This means if we can reduce global warming, we are saving these horrible storms from destroying our homes, jobs and lives.
“Global warming is making hot days hotter, rainfall and flooding heavier, hurricanes stronger and droughts more severe.”
Another giant problem due to global warming is melting ice. Ice and glaciers in places such as Greenland, the Arctic, Alaska and the Antarctic are losing ice at a rate 5 times faster than melting in the 1990’s. To top that off, melting is happening 60% faster than the United Nations predicted it would happen in 2007 (only five years ago). At this rate, most of Florida could be under water in the next 200-300 years. The problem is, many people will not start to care about this issue until timing is way too late. If we do not take steps to stop global warming soon, it will become too late.