Climate change is a serious threat to our planet

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Climate change is a serious threat to our planet

Hurricane Lane brought cloudy skies to Oahu.

Hurricane Lane brought cloudy skies to Oahu.

By Ryan Vanairsdale

Hurricane Lane brought cloudy skies to Oahu.

By Ryan Vanairsdale

By Ryan Vanairsdale

Hurricane Lane brought cloudy skies to Oahu.

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There are many posts on social media where people talk about pollution and endangered animals. Due to temperatures rising, ice sheets and glaciers are melting which will cause sea levels to rise. And if sea levels do rise, the islands of Hawaii can get smaller.

“Scientists have high confidence that global temperatures will continue to rise for decades to come, largely due to greenhouse gases produced by human activities,” NASA said. 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecasts a temperature rise of 2.5 to 10 degrees fahrenheit over the next century. The extent of climate change effects will vary over time and with the ability of different societal and environmental systems to mitigate or adapt.

“The magnitude of climate change beyond heat-trapping gases emitted globally, and how sensitive the Earth’s climate is to those emissions.”

Climate change already has significant effects in our community, health, and climate. It is accelerating the rate of sea level, increasing flooding risks to low-lying communities and high-risk coastal properties. These impacts will continue to rise if we don’t take immediate action.

“Average global sea level has increased eight inches since 1880, but is rising much faster on the U.S. East Coast and Gulf of Mexico,” Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) said.

Climate change already has significant effects in our community, health, and climate. It is accelerating the rate of sea level, increasing flooding risks to low-lying communities and high-risk coastal properties. These impacts will continue to rise if we don’t take immediate action.

“Average global sea level has increased eight inches since 1880, but is rising much faster on the U.S. East Coast and Gulf of Mexico,” Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) said.

Wildfires have increased and wildfire season is getting longer in the Western U.S. as temperatures are rising. In the Amazon they’re not uncommon, but the way they’re spreading now is a concern. 

“The Amazon is the largest tropical forest in the world, covering more than five million square kilometers across nine countries,” Al Jazeera said.

Scientists have warned that if the tree loss were to pass a certain point, deforestation could start to feed on itself and lead to the demise of the forest within a matter of decades.Simple ways you can help reduce the effect of global warming is driving less, recycling more, or planting a tree. If you’re unable to do any of these, you could simply reduce using hot water or take shorter showers. There still are other ways to help and you can search them up on the internet. 

“You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per year by recycling just half of your household waste,” Northwestern University said.

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