Climate Change: The Global Killer “For nearly 30 years, India and Bangladesh have argued over control of a tiny rock island in the Bay of Bengal. Now rising sea levels have resolved the dispute for them: the island's gone”, writes the Toronto Star (Nirmala). Rising sea levels are just one symptom of Climate Change. Climate Change can also be held responsible for the decline in coral reefs and the increase of super storms, such as Sandy, Katrina, and Haiyan. Climate Change is occurring in our lifetime and with increasing severity. The consequences will be devastating if no action is taken to mitigate its’ effects. The words “weather” and “climate” are not interchangeable. Weather is defined as the day-to-day atmospheric conditions, whereas climate is defined as the cumulative sum of the weather over time. For example, in 2012, “More than 650 people died during Europe’s worst cold snap in 25 years”; however, “each of the last three decades has been successively warmer than any decade since 1850”, according to the IPCC (Intercontinental Panel for Climate Change) (Lyons). The Greenhouse Effect is a naturally occurring phenomenon, and is essential to developing a suitable environment for sustaining life. Carbon dioxide (CO2) gasses are naturally found in the Earth’s atmosphere, and the presence of these gasses help keep the planet warm. Carbon Dioxide traps infrared radiation from the sun and acts as natural insulation for the planet. However, when excess levels of CO2 and methane are released from fossil fuels, the resulting effect is intensified, which leads to an unstable climate. Once greenhouse gases are released, these gasses will remain in the atmosphere until they are either absorbed by plants, animals or dissolved into th... ... middle of paper ... ... Nesbit, Jeff. "Haiyan, Sandy and Climate Change." At the Edge. Usnews.com, 18 Nov. 2013. Web. 14 July 2014. New England Aquarium. "Endangered Species and Habitats." The Basics: A Brief Introduction to Climate Change. New England Aquarium, 2014. Web. 14 July 2014. Nirmala George ASSOCIATED, PRESS. "Tiny island disappears under rising ocean levels." Toronto Star (Canada) n.d.: Newspaper Source. Web. 14 July 2014. University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. "How Much Has the Global Temperature Risen in the Last 100 Years? | UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research." How Much Has the Global Temperature Risen in the Last 100 Years? | UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, 2014. Web. 14 July 2014. Westport: Earth Action Network, Inc, 2009. ProQuest. Web. 14 July 2014.