Global Warming: Great Barrier Reef on its deathbed
Everyone has heard about the dangers of global warming and the disastrous effects it can cause over time. Yet, very little has gone into solving this deadly problem.
The subject of global warming has been overlooked time after time and has been shoved in the folder for later generations to deal with. Everyone should take action now before the point of no return.
According to dictionary.com, global warming is the increase in the earth’s average atmospheric temperature that causes corresponding changes in climate and that may result from the greenhouse effect. These greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, create a ceiling that traps heat near the Earth’s surface causing a gradual warming of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Over time, global warming can cause serious damage to our planet. Extinction, rising sea levels and health issues are just some of the effects of global warming. Many of these consequences can already be seen today.
According to World Wildlife Fund, The Great Barrier Reef is home to over 1,500 species of sh, one-third of the world’s soft coral, 411 types of hard coral and many other organisms. It is one of the seven wonders of the world, the largest reef system and the biggest living structure on the planet and has sadly been reported as decaying rapidly.
This was brought to attention by the many scientists who have been studying the reef and are considering the deterioration to be one the worst coral bleaching events in history. This bleaching is the result of global warming caused by the mining and burning of fossil fuels like coal. As global warming heats the earth, it also heats our oceans resulting in the increase of dying, bleached coral.
According to Greenpeace, studies show that without a significant reduction in fossil fuel emissions, coral reefs could disappear in less than 100 years.
Every day, people around the world engage in activities that contribute to global warming. Every time they drive, use electricity or simply scrape the remnants from a dinner plate into the trash, they generate greenhouse gases.
People may think “I’m only one person. How can I do something to greatly impact global warming?”. There are many easy ways to help stop global warming. Following the mantra “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” helps reduce the need to buy new products or use less, resulting in a smaller amount of waste.
Incandescent light bulbs are so last century! Change old incandescents to LEDs or CFLs for a more efficient bulb that also saves money on the electric bill while helping end global warming.
Another great way to help decrease greenhouse gases is to change one’s daily commute by walking, biking, taking public transportation or carpooling to work or to school instead of driving.
Doing something as simple as turning off the lights or planting a tree can make a surprisingly big difference.
Global warming can be a simple x if people do their part and take better care of the Earth. Internationally, people need to become more educated about the issue and realize the life changing consequences are closer than they think.
All in all, global warming is a real issue that can no longer be ignored. People need to address the lethal elephant in the room before it’s too late to save life’s only home.