Is this the future we want for our country? In recent years, the effects of climate change have impacted the United States in a number of ways. We are slowly headed towards irreversible damage to the planet that we live on and many people are still causing the destruction. Recently, a massive iceberg, named D38 has detached from the ice shelf in Antarctica. This causes concern because it is not only a rare occurrence, it signals climate change.
Glaciers naturally break off ice to balance the weight, known as ice calving. This acts as as natural barrier fr the ice shelf, but if to much is shed off of the shelf, it can collapse from being unstable. D28 is not the largest iceberg to separate from an ice shelf, and fortunately did not cause a collapse.
The cause for the detachment has to do with the amount of greenhouse gases emitted from burning fossil fuels, which have been proven to cause the melting. In recent studies by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change declared that America has lost over 219 billion tons of ice in the time span of 4 years. This is a a concerning number for a short period of time and that number will only continue to grow.
Climate change has to be a more recognized issue for people around the United States. Rising sea levels and climate change are slowly approaching a point of no return. Using clean and renewable energy is a great start in the right direction to reduce rising temperatures. This overall would have people less reliant on coal and other fossil fuels that emit greenhouse gases and a chance to revive our dying planet.