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Climate Change In 2022 Remains A Major Concern

 


All ten of the hottest years on record have occurred since 2010, with 2012 being an exception to the trend. Unfortunately, 2022 is shaping up to continue what may end be the demise of humanity as climate change roars on.


 


According to the United Nations, “Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. These shifts may be natural, such as through variations in the solar cycle. But since the 1800s, human activities have been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas.” With these shifts in temperatures, tragic events such as flooding from the ice caps melting, wildfires, temperature-induced illness and long-lasting droughts. 


 


Climate change continues to evolve, with every year the earth getting warmer. According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the average global temperature has increased by 1.9 Fahrenheit since 1880. Less than two degrees may seem insignificant to the overall world, but it is not like the thermometer in a home. Instead, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory, a vast amount of heat has to be applied to the landmasses, oceans, and atmosphere to reach a 1.9 Fahrenheit difference. “One- to two-degree drop was all it took to plunge the Earth into the Little Ice Age. A five-degree drop was enough to bury a large part of North America under a towering mass of ice 20,000 years ago.”


 


Five months into the year, 2022 is lining up to take its place within the hottest years on record. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, 2022 has over a 99% chance of being within the top 10 hottest years and 27.8% to be within the top 5. Around the world, countries are trying their best to combat the harmful effects of climate change. In 2015, 194 states and the European Union signed the Paris Agreement, a legally binding treaty on climate change. Today, the Paris Agreement and its committees are still working toward limiting global warming to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit this century. It asks for countries to ease off greenhouse gases before becoming completely neutral on their emissions in the second half of the century. Countries then have the liberty to pace themselves, knowing their people’s and economy’s needs. 


 


With April ranking as the fifth hottest April in human history, summer temperatures could see a drastic incline to harmful damage. To help combat climate change, individuals can save energy by washing clothes in cold water and hanging drying them rather than using a dryer. Moreover, people can limit emissions by biking, walking, or taking public transit to destinations. Finally, by eating fruits and vegetables, one can reduce their environmental impact.


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