Climate Change and Its Impacts

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Our world is always changing, so is our climate. Some changes are apparent, others not so much. Climate change is an important issue of concern in the twenty first century. Climate, if it changes at all, evolves so slowly that the difference cannot be seen in a human lifetime (Wearth, 2014). Mostly all scientists predicted that it would take thousands of years for the planet to warm up due to emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels called greenhouse gases. But in the past 200 years, things began to change. The rate and the amount of warming that is happening on this planet is unprecedented. Wearth says, “People did not grasp the prodigious fact that both population and industrialization were exploding in a pattern of exponential growth. Between the start of the 20th century and its end the world’s population would triple, and the use of fossil-fuel energy by an average person would quadruple, making a twelve-fold increase in the rate of emission of CO2 from fossil fuels.” Modern medicine and improvements in technology has led to the growth of the human population. Due to this, all human beings who are born tend to stay alive into their old age, whereas in the past, a lot of people would not be able to live for long due to diseases. Also fossil fuels such as oil and gas have become the energy source today, facilitating rapid industrialization. As we burn fossil fuels, it releases more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The increased level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has caused the planet to become warm in just a hundred years and the planet keeps getting warmer exponentially. Climate has changes in the past but it has been a gradual change over millions of years. The concern is that, recently the climate has shown a... ... middle of paper ... ...s, and solutions. New York: J. Wiley, 2003. Print. Letcher, T. M.. Climate change: observed impacts on planet Earth. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2009. Print. Metz, Bert. Controlling climate change. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Print. Pittock, A. Barrie. Climate change: turning up the heat. London: Earthscan, 2005. Print. Lemmen, D.S.,Warren, F.J., Lacroix, J., and Bush, E., editors (2008): From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate 2007; Government of Canada, Ottawa, ON, 448 p. Nelson, Gerald C., Mark W. Rosegrant, Marilia Magalhaes, Rowena Valmonte-Santos, Mandy Ewing, David Lee, Jawoo Koo, Richard Robertson, Timothy Sulser, Tingju Zhu, Claudia Ringler, Siwa Msangi, Amanda Palazzo, and Miroslav Batka.Climate change: impact on agriculture and costs of adaptation. Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute, 2009. Print.
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