I wrote this some time last month in another forum. I think it's worthy of bringing it up here.
Global warming isnít just a new topic. It is an issue we are used to hearing while growing up. Now more than ever, the problem has worsened, greatly. It will soon become so bad that we wonít be able to keep our eyes off it. Yes, it is real. And no, Iím not joking.
You might ask, ďHow do we know for sure it is happening?Ē
What we are experiencing as of now is the stage one of the whole process. So changes are only shown in its most subtle forms. If you have noticed, in the recent years, weather has gotten hotter and hotter. It has overtaken previous record highs in various regions around the world. In the days of March, New York City had already reached a stunning 93įF. Given the humidity of NYC, 93įF must have felt like 103įF. In Mid-West regions of US, truck drivers are spotting never-before-seen armadillos crawling on the plains all over the place. Armadillos simply cannot take the heat in their home habitat; therefore itís obvious they move north. Some flowers are blossoming months earlier, and of course, withering earlier. This hasted process posed a major problem for honeybees, driving their honey-gathering cycle out of sync, which has already wiped out at least 80% of the species in recent years. These are only few of the signs. If these arenít sufficient to prove the existence of the problem, then Iíll just label you in this group what I call skeptics.
You might say, ďSure it is happening, but I can live with it. This is nothing to worry about.Ē
Wrong. You should be worried about our current situation. Things are really worse than youíd think. Let me briefly explain about carbon dioxide. Known as CO2, it is the primary attribute to global warming. CO2 is a gas lighter than oxygen. It makes its way up the sky slowly. It would take decades to get CO2 from the surface of the earth up to the ozone layer. Once it does, CO2 will neutralize by eating away the ozone. It will continue to eat away the ozone until it is absolutely gone. Without the ozone layer, temperature would be 30% hotter, because the normally reflected light would shine through directly onto earth. UVA, UVB, and all those good stuff will be emitted directly from the sun. At that point, the majority of plant life will not be able to photosynthesize properly, wild life will not be able to adapt to the change, and it would render the whole ecosystem unsustainable. For us as well, sunlight would burn our skin on contact. Perhaps we would have to wear some kind of clothing 24/7.
Now letís get back to my point. Things are worse than it seems. A major cause of that is the amount of time it takes for CO2 to travel to the ozone layer. Believe it or not, our ozone layer is now being eaten out by the CO2 emission back in the Ď60s and Ď70s. So itís gonna get bad, fastÖ due to the exponential rate of CO2 emission in the past couple decades. Other than automobile CO2 emission, we also need to consider other factors. We have a new factory built in China each week, many thanks to deforestation ubiquitously, especially in Amazon and Madagascar. Things are gonna be at least 10 times as bad in the next couple decades. We will have stage 2 and 3 of global warming whether we like it or not.
To convey the urgency of our global warming situation, let me set an example. Imagine you have a beaker full of water (water represents the atmosphere). Say you slowly pour ink to it (ink represents the CO2 pollution to the atmosphere). You would see the top part of the beaker to be rather concentrated with ink. It would take a while for the ink to sink in to the bottom part. However, donít forget to gradually increase the speed of pouring ink because we are polluting at a more rapid rate. By the time the bottom starts to take some of its toll, the beaker would already be generally contaminated. Yea, itís that badÖ
You might say, ďSure it is happening, but itís only gonna get a little hotter.Ē
Okay, if you think global warming is just the rise of temperature and the destruction of ozone, then youíre wrong again. Global warming is a whole portfolio of disasters that correlate to each other. Some are foreseeable, some arenít. If the Arctic icecaps melt, it would result in a global sea level rise of 20in. If the Icelandís ice sheet melts, it would result another 20in sea level rise. The 40in alone would wipe out many low land countries and would put a vast amount of coasts under water all around the world. We would all be more prone to floods after heavy rainfall. Global warming would also cause all kinds of storm and natural disaster to occur more frequently and severely. You take our ever-rising exponentially growing population; you take our limited food sources, scarce clean water, and declining land. It is a recipe for chaos. People will be fighting each other for their basic necessities. There will be a widespread of disease. We could all be in it. Well, you get the picture.
Just in case if you donít know, global warming is the most imminent threat to humanity. It is more lethal than potential biological warfare, potential nuclear warfare, possible Texas-sized asteroid in 2029 or 2037, possible extraterrestrials attack/UFO phenomenon, possible technology overtake humanity, and future death of our star/black hole.
Now, you might ask, ďThis is a major problem. But who is to blame for this?Ē
At this point, everyone is to blame for thisÖ well, more or less. You might not be a big global warming contributor, but you play a part in it. And it will ultimately come back and harm you and your loved ones. So is there a reason not to help out?
Thereís one tough problem the world is facing right now. It is the matter of getting everyone on the same page, and recognizing the problem. Weíre continuing to fail in that. Reason? Well, there are quite a few. Some you canít blame them; they might not be aware of the consequences or know how it would impact their lives. Some are in their own world, indifferent, does only what matters to them. Some are driven by profits, hiring pseudo-scientists to say contra-beliefs. Some donít believe anything you tell them, until itís too late. Some want to help, but unsure about where to start. There are only a handful of those who do realize whatís at stake here.
Itís time to come together thus find real solutions and take preventative measures. Well, itís still easier said than done.
You might ask, ďHow can I help make a difference? After all, Iím merely a single individual.Ē
Hey, making a difference could start from you. You donít have to be a reactive person. Making a difference doesnít have to be something big. In everything you do, even the smallest detail might help lessen the effect of global warming. You can carpool with friends to places. If you drive, you could smog check regularly. You can even cut back spending or boycott products that contribute to global warming. If you smoke, not smoking helps too. Some require a certain level of commitment, some require a minimal effort. If you just play your part, heck you might even start a trend.
There are many ways to make a difference. Even if you don't try, no one is gonna push you. But just note this: we all live under the same roof called earth. If it crumbles, so does everyone.
(Okay, this is the second time I wrote this. It is definitely more reliable to write on MS Office for lengthy posts. First time, it got ďpoofedĒ when I somehow clicked on whatever button on the site... I was like 5/6th done too... so pissed. But I feel this is something important, so I wrote it again. Iím not really an environmentalist or anything, so if you see some scientific discrepancies, the chances are you might be right. I just wrote it out of my general knowledge and watching discovery channel. Hope it helps.)