How can you best react to the recent climate change news? A lot of people are talking about it. And some of them are taking it very personally. Some people have even called it a “scorched earth” and an unnecessary disaster. It seems like we’ve been here before when there was warming in the earth’s atmosphere but then it gradually stopped.
But the latest in global warming is once again heating up the planet. Recent climate change news includes the record breaking temperature that Australia experienced last year. There are other parts of the world that saw record cold winters, while other areas saw relatively warm temperatures.
One of the most devastating effects of recent climate change news is the effect on the world’s coral reefs. Most people are aware of the problems faced by the coral reefs worldwide due to increasing water temperatures. The rising ocean temperatures are threatening to wipe out many coral reefs around the world. One of the most common coral reefs are in Hawaii. However, what many people don’t realize is that ocean heat has much deeper roots than just warming the surface of the ocean.
Ocean heat is also one of the leading contributors to climate change. When this happens, it causes massive bleaching events as well as death of algae. The most recent climate change news includes the record breaking temperatures experienced in Indonesia during July and August of this year. This is largely attributed to unusually strong El Nino events. The combined result of this strong El Nino event and the associated warming of the surface of the ocean is what led to the recent coral reefs mass deaths.
Possible Consequences Of Climate Change
Global warming and climate change also cause major disruptions to the earth’s atmospheric patterns. There has been a long period of pause in global temperature increase. During this period, the earth’s climate has been subject to natural climate fluctuations which result in El Nino events. The El Nino event is characterized by a period of increased solar variations as well as surface temperature warming. The increased solar variations are associated with the positive ocean cycles that take place each year.
During the last 15 years or so, we have been experiencing one of the strongest greenhouse gas emissions rates seen in Earth’s history. One of the reasons for this is the increase in the human activity. This human activity is resulting in the emission of more CO2 than the carbon dioxide absorbed by the earth’s sinks. One of the reasons that the earth’s sinks are able to absorb CO2 is because the increased human activity makes the absorption of carbon dioxide by the earth’s oceans faster. Increasing the rate of absorption of CO2 means that the earth will warm up faster than necessary.
One of the ways that the earth is warming up faster than necessary is through the release of methane gas from thawing Arctic permafrost. Other than methane, there is an increased level of other greenhouse gases being released which are likely being absorbed by the earth as well. These emissions have led to changes in the atmospheric circulation patterns. These changes are resulting in different climate change impact assessment models that are used by scientists around the world.
In The End
In order to understand the climate change debate, it is important to remember that all of us on this planet share common elements. These elements include ocean cycles, atmospheric circulation patterns and land surface temperature variations. There are also probability factors associated with climate change. These probabilities can be affected by human activity and other natural occurrences. There are many upcoming scientific research projects that will hopefully answer the question “What are the possible climate change consequences?”