Global warming is a serious issue that should get more attention and concern from everyone. Crazy climate changes in the Unites States have finally shed light on the global issue, but not much is still being done to help the matter. As the Arctic ice caps recede and the Arctic sea ice disappearing at an alarming rate, it’s time everyone paid close attention to the consequences of global warming to help alleviate the problem.
But the ice caps aren’t the only pieces of evidence that something must be done about global warming. They’re only one pieces of the puzzle and a clue that the world is steadily getting warmer. The past 37 years have been warmer than the whole 20th century average, with the 12 warmest years on record happening since 1998. And for the United States, 2012 was the hottest year ever recorded for the nation.
The reason for it all is us. We as a planet are overloading earth’s atmosphere with tons of carbon dioxide, which ends up as heat traps that drive up world’s temperature. Plus, cutting down the earth’s forests doesn’t help matters since there are not enough green trees too soak up all that carbon dioxide.
Although it’s practically impossible to completely control the output of carbon, we can set examples and create standards and measures to reduce carbon output. It was believed that the U.S. was the leader in greenhouse gases, but it’s actually Asia, with places like China not exactly willing to limit their growth to reduce their carbon dioxide output. So it’s up to those willing to stand against global warming to correct the situation. Setting standards for cleaner energy and new technologies can make an impact in global warming. By transitioning from coal to cleaner-burning natural gas, we can reduce the numbers of global warming.
But that’s not all. If local, state and federal governments helped in the matter and made fewer government restrictions on things like home solar panels and implemented a nationwide carbon tax, its citizens would be more willing to reduce the impacts of global warming.
We have to act now to tackle the issue of global warming. We must do all we can to reduce our global warming emissions and look toward new and clean technologies to help us to that. Unless we take immediate action to help decrease the impacts of global warming, we’ll see more harmful effects on our health and our environment. If we do nothing, the consequences of global warming will continue to grow at an even higher rate and we’ll then get to a point where nothing can be done. It’s important to be able to do something now, while we still have time or else global warming will be the end to us all.