Climate Change is effectively one of the most severe and threatening issues that the human race has ever encountered.
“Anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions together with those of other anthropogenic drivers, have been detected throughout the climate system and are extremely likely to have been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.” – According to the most recent report released by the IPCC in 2014.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to research and establish a credible scientific view on climate change and its impact on the world both environmentally and socio-economically.
The National Climate Assessment is a team of more than 300 climate experts whose goal is to provide an accurate and independent report on climate change. They also recently released findings that help reinforce the ongoing consensus on climate change. The outlook for the future is grim.
Climate change threatens human health and well-being in many ways, including impacts from increased extreme weather events, wildfire, decreased air quality, threats to mental health, and illnesses transmitted by food, water, and disease-carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks. Some of these health impacts are already underway in the United States. – National Climate Assessment On Human Health Impact
A common misconception about climate change is that humans would be able to adapt and survive. That’s simply untrue. Humans do not possess the capability to adapt to the climbing amounts of carbon-dioxide in the atmosphere. The Earth will be here after humans disappear. Climate Change would not destroy the Earth but it would devastate the biological life that inhabits the planet today.
Think of the rising c02 the same way you think of it inside your own home. If you’re like a majority of home-owners in the United States then you probably have a couple carbon-dioxide detectors inside your home. The reason you have those is to avoid c02 poisoning. The detectors alert you when the c02 levels in the air are too dangerous for humans. Take that same concept and apply it to Earth. With too much carbon-dioxide, Earth will be too dangerous for humans to continue existence.
The widespread affects of climate change on agriculture, water, energy, transportation, and many other industries would be compounded because of the complex relationships between these industries and the economy. In essence, climate change would wreak havoc on humans both environmentally and socio-economically.
What Can We Do?
We need to act now.
The amount of future climate change will largely be determined by choices society makes about emissions. Lower emissions of heat trapping gases and particles mean less future warming and less severe impacts; higher emissions mean more warming and more severe impacts. Efforts to limit emissions or increase carbon uptake fall into a category of response options known as “mitigation.” – NCA
The key to defeating this problem is by actively planning and preparing for the future. We need to cut emissions. We need to invest into green energy and sustainable infrastructure within almost all sectors and industries.
Planning for adaptation (to address and prepare for impacts) and mitigation (to reduce future climate change, for example by cutting emissions) is becoming more widespread. Recently, there has been much progress in the implementation of sustainable systems globally but the efforts may be just a bit too late. There needs to be more cooperation on a global scale. Without that cooperation and without more drastic measures to curb the effects of climate change, then the efforts today will be insufficient for avoiding environmental and economic consequences in the future.