This graph shows the meteoric increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution. Climate.NASA.Gov Credit” Luthi D., et. Al 2008; Etheridge, D.M., et al. 2010; Vostok ice core data/J.R. Petit et al; NOAA Mauna Loa CO record.
Greetings to you! I want to continue blogging about Climate Change. This time, I’ll discuss what NASA has reported and how the devastating effects of climate change can bring normal life as we know it to something very different.
NASA said, “The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95% probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over millennia. Earth-orbiting satellites and other technological advances have enabled scientists to see the big picture, collecting many different types of information about our planet and its climate on a global scale. This body of data, collected over many years, reveals the signals of a changing climate.”
“Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal.” – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
NASA explained that, “Ice cores drawn from Greenland, Antarctica, and tropical mountain glaciers show that Earth’s climate responds to changes in greenhouse gas levels. Ancient evidence can also be found in tree rings, ocean sediments, coral reefs, and layers of sedimentary rocks. This ancient, or paleoclimate, evidence reveals that current warming is occurring roughly ten times faster than the average rate of ice-age-recovery warming. Carbon dioxide from human activity is increasing more than 250 times faster than it did from natural sources after the last Ice Age.”
NASA Evidence for Rapid Climate Change caused by Humans is Compelling
NASA Records New Record Highs for Global Temperature – “The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 2.12 degrees Fahrenheit (1.18 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere and other human activities.4 Most of the warming occurred in the past 40 years, with the seven most recent years being the warmest. The years 2016 and 2020 are tied for the warmest year on record.”
Warming Oceans – “The ocean has absorbed much of this increased heat, with the top 100 meters (about 328 feet) of ocean showing warming of more than 0.6 degrees Fahrenheit (0.33 degrees Celsius) since 1969.6 Earth stores 90% of the extra energy in the ocean.”
Disappearing Ice Sheets – “The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have decreased in mass. Data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment show Greenland lost an average of 279 billion tons of ice per year between 1993 and 2019, while Antarctica lost about 148 billion tons of ice per year.”
Retreating Glaciers – “Glaciers are retreating almost everywhere around the world — including in the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, Rockies, Alaska, and Africa.”
Dwindling Snow Cover – “Satellite observations reveal that the amount of spring snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere has decreased over the past five decades and the snow is now melting earlier.”
Sea Levels are Rising – “Global sea level rose about 8 inches (20 centimeters) in the last century. The rate in the last two decades, however, is nearly double that of the last century and accelerating slightly every year.”
Increasing Extreme Events – “The number of record high temperature events in the United States has been increasing, while the number of record low temperature events has been decreasing, since 1950. The U.S. has also witnessed increasing numbers of intense rainfall events.”
Ocean Acidification – “Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the acidity of surface ocean waters has increased by about 30%. This increase is the result of humans emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and hence more being absorbed into the ocean. The ocean has absorbed between 20% and 30% of total anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions in recent decades (7.2 to 10.8 billion metric tons per year).”
You can help children learn about climate change too! There is a new Kobee Manatee® Children’s Educational Picture Book coming out in September 2021, which talks more about this subject. It’s titled, Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard.
This fourth installment in the award-winning Kobee Manatee® Children’s Educational Picture Book series teaches children all about climate change and plastic pollution with Dr. Tracy Fanara.
Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard, will be released in September 2021!
Keep watching for more of my updates on climate change!
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