Everyday, we breathe. We need to breathe in order to live. It is one of the most essential elements of life. But how does something as simple as breathing affect the environment?
You see, we breathe out something called Carbon Dioxide, or CO2. When we inhale, we take in energy, and when we exhale, we breathe out CO2. This is known as cellular respiration. Plants, through a process called photosynthesis, give out oxygen to breathe by taking in the CO2. However, plants can't take in all the CO2, and this is where it gets bad.
CO2 is a greenhouse gas, which is a gas that blocks sunlight when it enters the Earth from escaping. This in turn heats up the Earth. This causes ice caps to melt. This causes flooding in coastal areas. But there is a lot more that this causes
CO2 doesn't just come from humans; they come from many other places. To name a few: decomposing bodies and ocean release. These cause significant damage to the environment.
Because the Earth heats up, this causes extreme weather patterns. For example, Georgia used to have only about three tornadoes a year. As of recently, it know gets about a hundred a year. This is because there is an increased amount of warm air blowing from the south. Now keep in mind, this is just one weather pattern. There are so much more that are effected by global warming. If we continue this trend, the human race may be eradicated in the future.
Unfortunately, there is no real solution for carbon dioxide pollution. But there are solutions for the other greenhouse gases. If we do not implement these solutions, then the future of humanity is bleak.