7 Scary Facts About Global Warming

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson October 20, 2014 08:38 Updated

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The new National Climate Assessment was launched this past May and it’s being considered a landmark document for more than one reason.  It’s written in a language that we can all understand; it’s not being covered up or ignored, and most importantly, it shows without a doubt that thanks to climate change, we do not live in the same America anymore.  Chris Mooney writes on motherjones.com about seven prominent examples of how that is (based on the assessment):

  • America is much hotter than it was before: the 2000’s were the hottest decade on record for the U.S., and 2012 was the hottest year ever for the contiguous United States.
  • That translates into dangerous heat where you live: clearly, extreme heat waves are striking more than before, and climate change is involved.
  • America is desperate for a drink: the assessment states that the Western drought of recent years “represents the driest conditions in 800 years.”  Projected “snow water equivalent” (water held in snowpack) will decline intensely over the course of the century, particularly in the Southwest.  In 2011 and 2012 the total cost to agriculture amounted to $10 billion in Texas and Oklahoma.
  • When it does rain, floods could be disastrous: climate change is also aggravating extreme rainfall because the air can hold more water vapor on a warmer planet.
  • There is less of America:  Sea level around the world has risen by eight inches in the last century thanks to global warming, and is projected to increase by one to four feet over the coming century.  Coastal residents will have less protection and infrastructure could be at risk.
  • Alaska is unrecognizable: our only Arctic state has seen temperature increases that double those in the rest of the country.  It’s losing its glaciers and the permafrost is thawing which damages coastlines, infrastructure, and places where people live.  Projections show that Alaska could be spending $5.6-$7.6 billion repairing substructure by 2080.
  • America is on fire: more drought and more heat mean more wildfires, and the U.S. has been setting numerous records.  Increasing wildfires actually worsen global warming by releasing more carbon from the ground.

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The Environmental Defense Fund states that human activity is causing the Earth to get hotter – mainly because of two actions:  Burning fossil fuels such as coal and petroleum which releases carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse gases” into the atmosphere where they trap heat, and deforestation which also releases carbon dioxide.  In addition to that, fewer trees means less of this extra gas is absorbed, because trees need carbon dioxide to grow.  Did you know that there is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today than at any time over the last 800,000 years?

If human activity is causing global warming, then human activity can stop it.  The effects of global warming touch all of us, no matter where or how we live.  If you’re wondering what you can do, here are some suggestions: http://globalwarming-facts.info/50-tips/?singlepage=1

-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

Resources:

http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/report

http://www.edf.org/climate/human-activity-is-causing-global-warming1

https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-global-warming

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson October 20, 2014 08:38 Updated
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  1. Rod October 30, 07:50

    while not everyone is ready to believe humans are responsible for climate change, and that it is just a normal earth cycle. P.P.M.s of Carbon in the atmosphere is well documented. I the early 1800’s before the industrial revolution the level was 260 ppm. NASA the agency charged with monitoring the level in Hawaii set the level for 2014 at 400 ppm. the Carbon ppm. rise has been averaging 2-3 ppm a year. At that level the atmosphere will reach 500 ppm Carbon in about 40 years. about the same time the human population on the planet is estimated to reach 10 billion. It is not the melting of the ice pack that poses the most risk to feeding this population, but the loss of semi-arid regions currently used for small grain production. About a third of the world food supply comes from these areas. If they convert to desert the supply of drinkable water and food will significantly be less. We can prepare for this and make the necessary changes to avert this, but we need to begin now! The knowledge of how to regenerate our soils back to the tilth and fertility they possessed as virgin soils already exists just not generally excepted by most of Agriculture. Unless the world accepts a plan to fully fund Agriculture and give it the strength it will need to take on this challenge Mankind and civilization is likely to face very difficult times in the future.

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    • Teresa Olson Author October 30, 08:09

      The situation is frightening when you read the facts, so thank you for your additional input. This is a matter that should not be ignored, and I fear for our generation and most certainly for generations to come. I’ve written another blog that should post next week which speaks of an alternative food source, but even this may not be the answer in light of global warming’s effects. Thanks again,
      -Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

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      • april January 1, 04:16

        Im scared that the heat has risen and no one is paying attention to this problem that we all mostly fear

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  2. Someone who cares August 14, 22:10

    My thought is that the government is well aware of everything but nothing is done to stop the very things that are destroying everything!!!!
    Most people don’t know what to do or where to go because of the lack of the aide of the government!!

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  3. Novus Ordo November 19, 19:55

    Get correct greenhouse gas info …
    (CO2) in Earth’s atmosphere currently constituting about 0.04% (400 parts per million) of the atmosphere
    and is almost irrelevant compared to WATER!
    No one mentions water as a greenhouse gas, which accounts for about 90% of greenhouse gases.
    Quote NASA’s JPL “Water vapor is the big player in the atmosphere as far as climate is concerned.”

    27,000,000 flights a year, all being perfect means to push water vapour and CO2 into the upper atmosphere.
    An odd correlation is that Atmosperic temperatures started changing with the 1957 arrival of transatlantic flights.

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