Global Warming Consequences

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Global Warming Consequences

Source: NASA Climate Change

Source: NASA Climate Change

Source: NASA Climate Change

Source: NASA Climate Change

Kiana Orta, Reporter

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By now, I’m sure we’ve all heard of global warming. The real question is, how much do you know about the polar ice caps melting? Do you know about the Amazon forest deteriorating? Well, sit down and read all about it here buckaroo’s. First, let’s talk about the ocean; a whopping 71% of Earth’s surface and 96.5% of Earth’s water. Digging deeper, we also have ice caps, which includes: glaciers, polar ice sheets and ice in general. The cryosphere which includes everything listed previously is melting. Leading to the sea levels rising, so bye bye California! This melting also leads to darker oceans and as we learned in science, darkness attracts light. Therefore with this attraction, there is a vicious cycle of the polar caps melting, leading to more heat, therefore leading to more melting and the cycle will keep repeating itself.

Did you know a third of all carbon dioxide emissions are absorbed by the ocean? With this comes chemical changes making the water more acidic. More acid is no good for the sea creatures. With an almost 40% more acidic water, the shells of sea creatures are getting completely dissolved. Is that not enough to grab your attention?

The Amazon Rainforest, most arguably one of the most important ecosystems of the world. It covers as much land as the United States! 20% of all plant and animal species of the entire world are founded in the Amazon. It absorbs up to a whole decade worth (10 whole years), of carbon emissions. It is also responsible for putting oxygen back into the atmosphere. I know the question we’re all asking: “Then why are we cutting all of it down?” And to that, I have to say I have no idea people! Cutting down these trees have devastating effects. The trees are getting no water since all of the rain is not getting trapped into the trees. The Amazon could turn into the rich ecosystem it is today into savannah by 2050. The deforestation of rainforests also releases all of the carbon that they have taken in throughout the years. 30% of all carbon emissions are from the burning and deforestation of forests alone.

Humans are causing all of this. I’m not asking you to believe this, but what I do ask of each and every one of you is, think of us, the animals, the plants. Think of what we are doing to the planet that has nothing but gives to us. Think about what you do, think about what a difference that you can make.