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We Have No Plan(et) B

Did you know that we only have one planet? I KNOW. Crazy, right? Who would have thought, given how much we’re currently tearing this bad boy up.

There are many non-believers out there (non-believers and non-Beliebers) that say climate change is a hoax. Although I believe this to be cray, I can see where people are coming from. AND with that, I hope to clear up some disbelief. Shall we begin?

 

1. People say we have had climate cycles in the past so this is just normal

Well, although we have had climate cycles in the past, we are WAY above the carbon levels of any of those other times. Compared to the last three glacial cycles, our current carbon dioxide levels are astronomical. That’s comparing it to four-hundred thousands years back. And let’s be honest, who is actually prepared for an Ice Age? Here we are getting ourselves psyched up for a zombie apocalypse when we should be stocking up on winter clothes! Carbon traps heat, which leads to all whole slew of problems. Thus, we can think of carbon emissions as the first domino of an earth-shaped domino pattern.

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2. Everyone have their life-preservers handy?

Sea levels are rising. Now, I live in Florida, and we are not allowed to say the CC words (*whispering* “climate chan…” I didn’t finish my sentence Gov. Scott!) However, we are the one state already being impacted by the rising tide. Sea water expands as it warms and there are a ton of icebergs melting, which adds a smidgen of water to the equation. Houses and businesses on the coast are in danger of flooding, both from rain storms and as a slow-process. Trump Towers are conveniently on coasts throughout the U.S. so thank goodness those will be the first to go! But more seriously, animal ecosystems and habitats can be lost, too, leading to more endangered species, like the Hawksbill Turtle or Leatherback Turtle.

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3. Iceberg ahead! (Too soon, Leo?)

Icebergs are melting. It’s getting serious up in here. Antarctica has lost 134 billion metric tons of ice PER YEAR since 2002. What is the billion metric equivalent to, you ask? A gagillion ice cubes. And what happens to these ice bergs? They melt and contribute to rising sea levels, which contribute to loss of habitat and homes. So it is kind of a big deal. At the rate our ice is melting from our toxic emissions, the Arctic will be ICE FREE by the mid-century. Do you know how hot this planet will be by then?

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4. I’m getting acid reflux….from the ocean

Our oceans are becoming more and more acidic with the amount of carbon dioxide we emit. Water traps those gases (1/3 of the carbon in the air actually gets absorbed by the oceans), and then we swim in that water. And here you were just afraid someone urinated in the water near you, but you didn’t think about the acid floating around you. Because of the acid, coral reefs are being bleached, which leads to the habitat loss of many fish and other sea amenities (you know you said this over and over like Nemo).

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5. It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes. Oh Lord, no, please stop!

Our planet is warming up to be nice and toasty. But that is not a good thing. I know, it is freezing in northern states still, so there cannot possibly be climate change! Um that is not exactly how it works. If that was the case, Floridians and Arizonians would have been calling climate change thousands of year ago. 2015 was the warmest year on record.

What does a hot planet mean exactly? Well for some areas it means more evaporation and precipitation (rain, people) because the atmosphere layer protecting us is getting thinner and thinner. Other places, meanwhile, will be so hot that crops and basically all plants will combust. It can mean more severe weather storms, or intense heat can lead to serious health concerns.

 

 

6. It ain’t eezy being wheezy

Health concerns are definitely high on the worry chart when it comes to climate change. All this carbon dioxide and other such chemicals has contributed to skyrocketed number of cases of asthma. Asthma is a long-term disease; it is no little cold then goes away. Trust me, I have it. Other health concerns from climate change: cancer (esp. skin cancers), water-borne diseases, natural disaster related deaths, mental health diseases, and more.

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And these are just 6 of a multitude of effects climate change will have on our lives. If you want to learn what the other consequences are then venture to click the last link I provided below. It’s pretty scary stuff. But, I hope I have helped to convince a few of you out there that climate change is actually a thing.

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Click these links for more info:

Asthma and Climate Change

Climate Change Facts from NASA

Images as Proof of Climate Change

If you want to be scared by the effects of climate change

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Climate Change: Not a Hippie Thing, a Human Thing

I’m going to take a break from my normal sarcastic and humorous posts to tackle a serious topic. An important topic. A necessary topic.

What people need to realize is that climate change is a thing. It’s time to get their heads out of their selfish, perfect-temperatured body parts and realize this affects every human being on the planet. Time to think about others.

I had done research on this topic for a policy analysis course. The data shows big changes and not typical changes either. Many, who say “climate change” does not exist, just do not want it to because then it would be another thing for government to worry about. And everyone knows that we have wars to wage and taxes to lower. Albeit, there are some things more pressing than this topic, but it most certainly should not be IGNORED.

Here are a few reasons why you should pay attention to climate change talks:

1.The carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere have gone through many changes over time (it’s been a relative cyclical pattern over the last few ice ages). However, not once have the levels ever reached the amount it’s at now. CO2 is a nasty thing. And WE can help reduce it.

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2.The popular pieces of evidence: ice sheets are melting, sea levels are rising and Earth’s temperature is increasing.

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3.The scientific consensus is that climate change is occurring. It is not just Bill Nye the Science Guy spouting crazy ideas; a whole load of science centers and academia have concluded the same thing: it’s happening. If you don’t believe me, check it here at –> http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/

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4.If global temperatures increase by 1-degree-Celcius, then 20-30% of species will be in danger (WWF)

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5.Who can be impacted by climate change? Everyone. Did you realize these changes in sea level, CO2 levels, temperature, and land mass can impact our food? Yes, agriculture in the Southeast, the Great Plains, the Southwest, and the Northwest regions of our country would all have crop-related consequences. Fisheries and farm in the Northeast could be greatly impacted. Weather changes in the Southeast could increase with stronger hurricanes and greater storms (and that’s where I’m at, so no thank you).

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6.Climate change can negatively impact human health. Yes your health! If none of what I have said so far worries you, you should at least be a wee concerned about your potential health problems. Hotter days causes more heat-related disorders, sicknesses, total body health. More CO2 in the air can increase lung-related and breathing disorders. An increase in dangerous weather phenomena across the country can impact your health (i.e. worsened droughts in the West, larger hurricanes in the southeast, dangerous flooding, etc.)

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Have more questions? Ask the smart guys.

http://climate.nasa.gov/faq/

http://www.wwf.org.uk/what_we_do/tackling_climate_change/

http://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/climate-information/climate-change-and-variability

http://nas-sites.org/americasclimatechoices/

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