The Effects of Global Climate Change

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There is damage being done to the environment everywhere right this very moment. What is causing the damage? Global climate change contributes a great amount of devastation to the world every day. This is important because the change is affecting humans, animals, plants and just about anything else that is living. As a result of global climate change, regions, ecosystems, and agriculture will be greatly affected. There are many things causing global climate change such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. One may notice that these are both human-related activities. Humans contribute to a vast amount of damage through daily activities. Burning fossil fuels means using energy that is made up of decayed animals and plant matter. These fuels are also known as mineral fuels. “When we extract and burn fossil fuels such as coal or petroleum, we cause the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other heat-trapping ‘greenhouse gasses’ into the atmosphere” (Upham). This means that humans are causing harmful gasses to enter the atmosphere by using fuels like oil and coal. Dan Upham of the Environmental Defense Fund also states that natural levels of carbon dioxide are thirty percent higher than the reported levels in eight-hundred thousand years. This shows the increase in carbon dioxide levels in the air over the course of time. Also reported by Upham, the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere comes mainly from coal and oil. This is discovered by looking at the chemical composition of the CO2 which contains a particular fingerprint. The burning of fossil fuels contributes to global climate change as well as deforestation. Deforestation also adds to global climate change. Clearing forests discharges considerable amounts of carbon ... ... middle of paper ... ... As a group, we humans can reduce the amount of CO2 entering the air and diminish global climate change. Works Cited Earth and Science Communications Lab. “The Current and Future Consequences of Global Climate Change.” 2007. NASA. Web. 6 Feb. 2014. Miliband, Ed. “Ed Miliband: Climate Change Will Bring More Flooding.” (11 Feb. 2014) BBC News. Web. 14 Feb. 2014. United States Environmental Protection Agency. “Climate Impacts on Agriculture and Food Supply.” (2013) US EPA. Web. 17 February 2014. United States Environmental Protection Agency. “Climate Impacts on Ecosystems.” (2013) US EPA. Web. 17 February 2014. United States Environmental Protection Agency. “What You Can Do.” (2013) US EPA. Web. 17 February 2014. Upham, Dan. “Human Activity is Causing Global Climate Warming.” Environmental Defense Fund. EDF. n.d. Web. 17 February 2014.
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