The Effects of Squandering Natural Resources

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Climate change is not an unnatural occurrence for the fluctuating planet. According to scientists, Earth has experienced numerous epochs over the course of millions of years in which the climate oscillates between extreme hot and cold. For instance, during a period called Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, the average temperature of the Earth increased by 11ºF. Since the late of 18th century, immediately after the Industrial Revolution, the average temperature of the Earth spiked exponentially. While few argue that this change is ordinary, the available data and scrupulous observations show that human activities that release greenhouse gases can be correlated with the climate change that is happening. Because the change poses dangerous threats to the world, a great deal of countries, in all continents, have put efforts to mitigate it. Latin American countries and China are just a few countries that are involved in this movement. The misuse of natural resources, one of the leading causes of climate change, induces severe economic crisis. In order to prevent such an event, using raw materials effectively should be the top priority of all countries.
More people are more familiar with the term “global warming” instead of “climate change.” However, scientists prefer “climate change” because the term gives the public a more complete sense of what is going on. The Earth is not merely warming up. Because of the excessive amount of carbon dioxide, other phenomena occur as well. For instance, as the concentration of carbon dioxide increases, the acidity of the ocean also increases. When the pH changes in ocean water, the organisms living in it will be affected because they are not used to the new environment that is changing rapidly. Anot...

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