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The Whole Global Warming Shebang

And How We Can Deal With It
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So, climate change, it’s this massive puzzle with pieces like global warming, sea level rise, coral bleaching, and ocean acidification and unfortunately we are the ones putting it all together. I will dig into it with information from NASA, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to understand the gist of why it’s happening, what it’s doing, and how we can tackle it.

Alright, so we’re heating up the planet, not because the sun’s throwing a tantrum or someone left their oven open, but because we’re playing fast and loose with fossil fuels, making them sweat out goodies like Carbon dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), and Nitrous oxide (N2O). NASA says it’s like wrapping Earth in a heat-trapping blanket. The result? Glaciers are on a melting spree, sea levels are doing the cha-cha, and the Arctic ice is having a meltdown, literally. Not your average weather report, huh?

As the ice melts, it’s not just about polar bears. Coastal areas are taking a beating. Rising sea levels mean more floods and wild storm surges, turning that chill beachfront into a scene straight out of an action movie. Imagine untouched tribes doing rain dances for their god when the disaster was caused by other humans, hopefully they don’t blame their god for any deaths.

  Picture this, your go-to beach spot and every other low lying coastal zone, where you and around 680 million people chill in. Now, throw in a curveball, sea levels are on the rise, and storms are crashing the shoreline party. 

Now, dealing with this coastal chaos is the tricky part. Giant seawalls are like trying to outsmart an opponent you can’t fully read. They’re expensive, not foolproof, and sometimes it feels like Mother Nature is playing chess with our infrastructure, where eventually she will break through our defense and deliver the impending checkmate. And let’s be real, in this game, our old moves aren’t cutting it. It’s a coastal drama where the script keeps changing, and we’re scrambling to find the right role for everyone before the next storm decides to move past just the beach and further into land..

Our oceans are like a soap opera: rising temperatures are stressing out corals, leading to coral bleaching. It’s like a breakup between corals and algae, and the whole marine neighborhood feels the awkwardness. And don’t get me started on ocean acidification, it’s like a bad sequel where marine life struggles to survive the acidic plot twist. Ocean acidification kicks in when the ocean absorbs excess CO2, turning it into carbonic acid. This acid disturbs the lives of marine organisms, especially ones with calcium carbonate shells. Imagine your favorite seafood joint closing down because the shells are too fragile. That’s the reality we’re facing.

The repercussions go beyond just losing your favorite seafood platter. It’s a domino effect on the entire marine food web, impacting everything from plankton to whales. Fisheries take a hit, the ecosystem crumbles, and the balance of the underwater world goes haywire. It’s like flipping the script of a well-orchestrated symphony, suddenly, the harmony is lost.

Warmer seas mean storms are hitting the gym, getting stronger and more frequent. Hurricanes are like the bullies on the block, causing floods, wrecking houses, and making life generally chaotic. The domino effect? Communities displaced, economies hit, and infrastructure doing the limbo, how low can it go?  Until it hits the ground of course.

Plants are like the Earth’s superheroes, soaking up CO2 through photosynthesis. But, hold on, we’re messing with the script. Deforestation is like writing them out of the story, making it harder for Earth to cool down. It’s like ditching the A-team and expecting things to run smoothly.

  1. Switch to Clean Energy: Bye-bye, fossil fuels. Hello, renewables! Let’s cut down on emissions.
  2. Plant More Trees: Nature’s air purifiers, right? Reforest and afforest like it’s a tree-planting party.
  3. Farm Smart: Let’s do agriculture with a brain. Precision agriculture, they call it, reduce emissions and keep that carbon in the soil.
  4. Shout for Change: Policies matter. Let’s rally for ones that tackle climate change and push for clean energy.
  5. .Personal Power: Cut your carbon footprint, use less energy, waste less, and make eco-friendly choices. It’s like being a superhero in your own right.

Climate change is a game we can’t afford to lose. We need to make better moves, learning from each play, and realizing that our actions today shape the board for tomorrow.

 

Citations:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). “The Causes of Climate Change” https://climate.nasa.gov/causes/

 

World Wildlife Fund (WWF). “Everything You Need to Know about Coral Bleaching—And How We Can Stop It” https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/everything-you-need-to-know-about-coral-bleaching-and-how-we-can-stop-it

 

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).”Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate” www.ipcc.ch/srocc/

 

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    bobDec 13, 2023 at 5:15 pm

    I thought this article was very realistic about problems we have in the world today. I really liked how the author included ways we can help the earth/environment and be included to help with global warming.

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    Aria SmithDec 11, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you so much for the insight. Lots of people don’t realize that we’ve been facing this problem for a long time. for me personally, I’ve been trying to eat less animals and reuse the one use plastics. Not only are our coral reefs dying of climate change and acidity levels rising, but our fish are also dying of over fishing and plastics in the ocean. We need to figure out something more eco-friendly to use on a day-to-day basis other than plastics .

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    Shea WilsonNov 22, 2023 at 12:03 am

    Very insightful Kelii! You are an excellent writer. 🙂

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