Climate Change describes the change in climate patterns that occurs regionally or globally. It is often referred to as global warming, the increase of the global average temperature
Climate Change is caused by the increase of greenhouse gases, which trap heat, in the atmosphere
These gases are released through the burning of fossil fuels, agriculture, mining, deforestation, and volcanic activity
Why is it an issue?
Climate Change causes the rise of sea level, prolonged heat waves and more frequent severe weather, poor air quality, and an increase in the acidity of bodies of water.
A panel of hundreds of climate experts from countries that are members of the World of Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environmental Program states
"Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of green-house gases are the highest in history."
Climate Change Statistics
- The average global surface temperature has gone up 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1880s - Sea level is 5 to 8 inches higher than it was in 1900 -In the past century, global temperature has risen 0.7 degrees Celsius (10 times faster than ice age-recovery warming)
How can we stop Climate Chnage before it's too late?
We can prevent Climate Change from getting worse through recycling more, burning less, decreasing deforestation and pollution, and changing our energy sources to renewable ones such as wind and solar energy.