When the sunlight falls on the surface of the earth, as per the natural procedure, it is reflected back to space. But the carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants such as methane, water vapor, nitrous oxide, and chlorofluorocarbons traps the heat of the sun rays which are on their way back to space. Thereby increasing the global temperature of the Earth. This entire procedure is also known as the greenhouse effect.
How do the pollutants rise the global temperature?
These pollutants can last from years to centuries into the atmosphere with the trapped heat in them, thereby giving rise to the global temperature. Since industrialization took place in the 1950s, the humans have been releasing harmful pollutants into the atmosphere in order to fuel their modern lives. As a result, the average temperature of the earth is now rising at twice the pace as it was half a century ago.
Temperature changes are natural, why the situation has become alarming now?
The global temperature of the earth has been fairly constant throughout with slight changes which were not alarming. But in the past 150 years, the level of greenhouse gases has been increasing exponentially due to human activities. As per the research, now the level of greenhouse gases has been recorded at an all-time high in the last 800,000 years.
How is it going to impact life on Earth?
The global temperature is rising ever so fast due to the rise in greenhouse gases. The level of these gases, in-turn are rising due to emissions by human activities. The balance of the ecosystem is getting disturbed as due to the rising temperatures, the ice cover of the earth i.e., our glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica have started melting. Scientists have predicted that by 2050, the sea levels are going to rise by 2.3 feet due to the melting of glaciers. And as the glacial ice melts, the trapped toxic mercury is released into the atmosphere, which will give rise to more extreme weather conditions. There will be more intense storms, heavier rainfall after the drier droughts, agricultural challenges, in-adaptable conditions from many species of plants and animals, etc.
Is there anything we can do to help?
We can lead an eco-friendly life by cutting on all the supplies which are causing an imbalance in nature. If we don’t do so now, in the coming decades we might make our planet in-habitable.
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