Climate Change More Severe From Global Warming

Climate change is caused by global warming and responsible for expanding deserts and intense storms. A recent study suggests that up to 30 percent of all animals and plants are facing rapid extinction.

Climate change is very real, according to top scientists who are studying the current conditions caused by global warming. This current generation is watching more changes than any previous on Earth. A team of scientists at Stanford University discovered that greenhouse gas emissions increased far more rapidly than they expected.

“We now have data showing that from 2000 to 2007, greenhouse gas emissions increased far more rapidly than we expected,” Chris Field, who was lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, said in a statement.

The Nobel-winning IPCC issued a report over a year ago based on data from 2000 to 2007. The critical report suggested that changes to the planet are continuing at a high rate of drought, more intense storms, and rising sea levels. Scientists fear that if global warming is not slowed, changes could spin out of control and might become irreversible.

“We don’t want to cross a critical threshold where this massive release of carbon starts to run on autopilot,” Field said.

The Industrial Revolution has released over 350 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Developing countries including China and India use coal for most of their electric power generation. This method releases carbon dioxide but there might be new technologies developing to burn cleaner fuel for power plants, that’s if the developing countries agree to use it.

The Arctic is the fastest warming area on the planet and there could be as much as 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide released from permafrost soils in the Arctic this year. Deforestation could also increase the concentration of carbon dioxide in the air by 10 to 100 parts per mission over the next 100 years. Carbon dioxide levels today are near 380 parts per million levels.

Climate Change Reduces CO2 Water Levels.

Global warming could also be reducing the ocean’s ability to store carbon by altering wind patterns. Scientists are concerned with the Southern Ocean as winds and CO2 water levels are changing. Faster winds are generated over the oceans surrounding Antarctica as the Earth warms.

“These winds essentially blow the surface water out of the way, allowing water with higher concentrations of CO2 to rise to the surface. This higher-CO2 water is closer to CO2-saturated, so it takes up less carbon dioxide from the atmosphere,” Field said.

While most people believe that global warming is not a myth, they do not believe that sudden changes in weather and climate will be in their current generation. Other scientists believe that the climate changes are part of the Earth’s regular cycle. However, those cycles are usually slow and take thousands, if not millions, of years to complete.

Climate change is noticeable through parts of the world as wildfires in California, Florida, and now parts of Australia are occurring. Hurricanes are becoming fiercer and stronger than before, and parts of the Midwest are seeing Tornados in the middle of winter. Scientists predict that the fifth assessment of global warming in 2014 will make the 2007 report seem very conservative.


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