Anthropogenic climate change, is it real or is it just another phase of the Earth’s temperature change?
This question has been on the table for many years now. There is no doubt that this is a very debatable and significant question that requires attention from scientists, to governments to every day people. However a recently released report by UK’s Department for Environmental and Rural Affairs (Defra) may convince many people to realize the severity of earth’s current condition.
The Climate Change Risk Assessment carried the research which lasted three years. After coming to a conclusion , they have boldly stated that global warming is in fact a major threat to the future health of planet earth. Through the use of computer modelling for the future climate, the researchers were able to predict the average climate of the future. They predict that summers will be significantly hotter by 2050, leading anywhere between 580-5900 deaths and water shortages in Eastern England. Let’s not forget the rise of sea levels which is predicted to cause flood damages that will cost anywhere between £2.1bn-£12bn. Sea level in London is expected to rise anywhere between 30cm-90cm. Regular flooding, heat waves and water shortages will be just one of the few problems that will arise if we do not change our luxurious lifestyles.
The research however is able to extract positives of climate change by stating that increase in the earth’s temperature will open up new Arctic routes to Asia and the increase of wheat yields by 40-140% by 2050. However we cannot let this “positive” outcomes of global warming fool us. No amount of wheat yield increase and a convenient route to Asia is worth Earth’s health. It may be too late when we realize we cannot eat money for food and drink gas for water. Climate change is in fact caused by our selfish way of living. Instead of investing billions of dollars into military fundings in the war against middle eastern countries, which one can say is driven by fuel ( pun not intended), governments should be investing the money towards alternative energy use. We can only extract natural resources for so long before we run out, therefore we must change our attitude towards alternative energies soon before its too late.
Although the information extracted from the computer models may not be 100% accurate but it is one of the most reliable source we can use to predict the future outcomes of global warming. Since global warming is an important issue that our society faces today, any information that can be extracted from reliable researcher should be used to help predict the future. The article was quite intriguing, if you have couple minutes to spare you can read the article here.
Let’s all do our part and keep our only home alive.