The Irreversible Effects of Climate Change
Is this the future we want for our country? In recent years, the negative effects of climate change have impacted the United States in a number of ways. Human are one of the main causes to the slow decline of the planet we live on. Recently, a massive iceberg, named D38 has detached from the ice shelf in Antarctica. This specific iceberg was the size of a whole city. 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 for 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. Even though it is not the biggest, it still harms our ecosystems and shows the detrimental effects of climate change. For many animals, the icebergs are there home and are needed for hunting purposes. Recently, a polar bear was seen swimming frantically into a pod of whales because they no longer have the ice to rely on as a platform.
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. Around two-thirds of CO2 emissions released into the troposphere by human activity can be traced back to industrial government run companies. This is a a concerning number for a short period of time and that number will only continue to grow. Rising and shifts in temperature puts food production at risk as well as rising sea levels that heightens the risk of catastrophic flooding. There are several ways to reduce personal emissions of greenhouse gases in small ways by recycling, using renewable energy, and using less heating and air conditioning.
Climate change has to be a more recognized issue for people around the United States. Rising sea levels and temperatures put the country at risk and the climate change occuring is slowly approaching a point of no return. Using clean and renewable energy is a great start in the right direction to reduce rising temperatures. It seems like a small task, but anything could help at this point in time. 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.