The Impacts Of Climate Change

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Climate change, is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time. These times can be anywhere from decades to millions of years. The Earth’s climate has constantly been changing throughout history. Climate change can be dated back to over 650,000 years ago. Most of the changes that happened before 7,000 years ago happened because of small variations in Earth’s orbit that change the amount of solar energy the earth planet receives. Even though climate change is natural, people are speeding up the process at which it occurs by polluting. Climate change has many impacts all over the world and its effects are evident. People can still slow down the process at which climate change…show more content…
Burning fossil fuels like coal and oil, are not the only way people raise the climate. Ever since the industrial age, global climate change has been on the rise. Industrial factories are constantly burning fossil fuels and increasing the carbon in the atmosphere. The amount of greenhouse gases that are built up in the atmosphere has sped up the natural greenhouse effect the Earth has. The greenhouse effect is, “trapping of the sun 's warmth in a planet 's lower atmosphere due to the greater transparency of the atmosphere to visible radiation from the sun than to infrared radiation emitted from the planet 's surface”. Because of the constant pollution that humans keep making, the greenhouse effect is happening faster than usual. Climate change has had many impacts all over the world and evidence of it is very apparent. One example that climate change has impacted the earth is the rising sea levels. Since planet earth is slowly getting warmer by greenhouse gasses, the glaciers and ice sheets around the world are melting, which is adding more water to the oceans. Within the last century, the global water levels have risen by nearly 7 inches. In a quote from “A Student 's Guide” they say, “If people keep adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, the average sea level around the world by the end of this century (the year 2099) could be anywhere from 7 to 23 inches higher than it was in 1990. Sea level could rise even more if the big ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica melt

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