Climate Change: Catastrophe closer than it appears…

Climate change has become a very controversial topic over the past few years. There are skeptics who question whether it is real or not. However, the vast majority of people are unaware of what this is and what the consequences will be. Climate change is an issue that society has chosen to ignore. It is fair to blame our government for allowing industries to continue their wrongdoings by producing excess amounts of emissions into the air. If our government supported alternatives/clean energy, we would be able to reverse or at least stop climate change. As humans, we contribute to climate change because our consumerist habits support products that contribute greatly to many types of pollution. The current presidency denies climate change because of scientists inaccurate hypotheses calling it a “hoax”, nevertheless the effects of this catastrophic movement are present and will become clearer to the eye as we see changes in weather, food distribution, and the global economy.

The current presidency denies climate change. Scientists have been inaccurate in their predictions before which is one reason why there are skeptics. One of the major predictions that didn’t come true was that New York would be under water by 2015. It is recognizable that this didn’t occur which would make people skeptical of climate change.  However, when there are clear and visible nature disasters constantly killing villages and communities it is evident that there is an issue. There were recent mudslides in Peru and Colombia as a result of extreme weather. As the years go by the earth is getting warmer and warmer, but this isn’t a coincidence. The real reason they deny climate change is because of the constraints it will have on making profit with businesses and companies. The Cap and Trade system is one of the constraints that the government has on big industries. The cap and trade system is an agreement between the government and the big industries which means that each industry has a certain amount of pollution that they can release into the air. If they release more than the air agreed to then they need to pay a large sum of money. This is beneficial because it keeps the industries from polluting an excessive amount.

The effects that climate change hold are catastrophic and real.The first obvious effect is warmer weather, and in some cases colder weather. However, these changes will be extreme. Global warming is making hot days hotter, rainfall and flooding heavier, hurricanes stronger and droughts more severe. This intensification of weather and climate extremes will be the most visible impact of global warming in our everyday lives. Last year the record was broken for the hottest year, again. Climate change is being directly affected by the grave consequences of human activity. It is not only affecting humans, and future generations in that matter, but has also affected the wildlife in the planet. When natural resources cease to exist, because of droughts, floods, and etc., then human life will also meet the same end.

The irony of it all is that the countries who contributed the least to climate change will be affected first and worst. These are the third world countries who are barely functioning, yet they will be punished for all the damage that the first world countries have done. In 1999 the deadly tropical storm,“The Cyclone”, hit Pakistan and caused a lot of damage. It took a great number of human lives. If this repeats, which it is very likely, the damage will be much stronger. When citizens in their country experience storms, tsunamis, and extreme weather they will migrate. Pakistan, as well as other third world countries, will become uninhabitable and they will be left with no choice but to migrate.

Since the 1970s, the towns of Thatta and Badin, on the Indus coastal belt, have seen families migrating (an estimated 40,000 people) due to water shortages, seawater intrusion, and extreme events like the cyclones of 1999 and 2005) to the neighboring port city of Karachi. Water shortages have been an issue in Pakistan for years and it only seems to be getting worse, especially in these certain areas in Pakistan. The seawater intrusion imposes a major threat on infrastructure but it is also estimated that 50 million people across the world will be affected by the phenomenon.

The people who are already suffering from this live in the tropics where they are heavily dependent on their crops. If there is no water, then they have no food. Causing death. The country that is experiencing this first is Bangladesh. It is affecting not just the sweatshop labour capital for our western consumerist clothing but, Bangladesh is soon to be famous for literally going under water. Bangladesh is located in the low-lying Ganges Delta between India to the west, and Burma to the east, and has some of the most fertile agricultural plains in the world. Most of the country is lower than 12 metres above sea level and extremely flood-prone. Bangladesh is prone to floods, tropical cyclones, and tornadoes, which occur almost every year, and now the low-lying country is suffering increased rainfall, cyclones and rising sea levels.  Another country facing migration is Guinea Bissau. Guinea Bissau is soon to be placed on the map in its own right, no longer to be mixed up with other similar-sounding countries. The coastal lowlands are exposed to increasing rising tides due to thermal ocean expansion, which in turn increases the risk of flooding.

Food is one of society’s key sensitivities to climate. A year of not enough or too much rainfall, a hot spell or cold snap at the wrong time, or extremes, like flooding and storms, can have a significant effect on local crop yields and livestock production. Global food production must double to feed the 9 billion people in 2050. The increasing population is also a problem. “There has been a steady stream of news about climate change’s impacts on food production. Heat waves, drought, and wildfire are damaging harvests in California, Australia and Brazil. Warming and acidifying oceans threaten seafood stocks. Rising temperatures are causing declines in crops as different as wheat and cherries, while extreme precipitation and floods have destroyed crops across the US and Europe. Increasing temperatures and CO2 levels are reducing the nutritional value of grasses and increasing heat stress, in the process impairing animals’ ability to produce eggs, meat, and milk.” This is occurring in our homeland and will affect us all.

The economy will suffer from this because oil is limited. Climate change is debated in the current presidency. However, it is ignored for financial reasons. Thus, “hurting” the economy. Suburban areas were designed on the assumption on plentiful oil and energy which forces them to drive. We are so dependent on energy that one little decrease can cost so much. Computers ,cars, plastic need fossil fuels. Natural gas and oil is becoming scarce. If companies are no longer able to produce cars, computers, then there will be a shift in the global economy. No one would be able to purchase these things anymore and the companies would also not make them or have anybody to buy them.  Natural gas affects the environment because of air pollution. Cleaner burning than other fossil fuels, the combustion of natural gas produces negligible amounts of sulfur, mercury, and particulates. Burning natural gas does produce nitrogen oxides (NOx), which are precursors to smog, but at lower levels than gasoline and diesel used for motor vehicles.  One solution for this would be alternative energy and using solar panels. But because there is “no money” nothing is being done. However, bombs are being dropped on Syria and there is money for that. Meaning that the government is putting other pointless things before climate change.

In conclusion, climate change raises terrifying questions and thoughts. In order to think of a future, politicians and engineers need to work together quickly and efficiently. Climate change should not be political, however it is up to the “leaders” to come up with something to keep us on this earth for a while longer. It’s as if they don’t realize that this will affect everyone: rich or poor, black or white, male or female. It is recognizable that with each issue more problems arise. One thing leads to another. The current presidency denies climate change because of scientists inaccurate hypotheses calling it a “hoax”, nevertheless the effects of this catastrophic movement are present and will become clearer to the eye as we see changes in weather, food distribution, and the global economy. Scientists have been inaccurate in their predictions before which is one reason why there are skeptics. However, the weather trends prove otherwise. The people who are already suffering from this live in the tropics where they are heavily dependent on their crops. This huge issue is almost irreversible and still the leaders of the world have not come up with a plan to solve this. They are too focused on the political aspect, but fail to realize that we will all die because of climate change. The money and power will not matter when we’re all burning to death or drowning. this will affect everyone: rich or poor, black or white, male or female.


My take on climate change…. Leave your opinions and facts in the comments below.

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