How Mankind Is Influencing Current and Future Climate Change. (credit: World Resources Institute)
DISCUSSION: Regardless of personal experiences and/or personal beliefs, there is little to no debate that humans have been, are currently, and likely will continue to have a substantial impact on issues directly and/or indirectly connected to global climatic variability. This is a result of the fact that a number of different (and often the simplest) things which people do on a daily basis around the globe have a profound impact on what demands mankind places upon the Earth and its resources. And, many of these demands are more clear and simpler than you may have ever thought.
For starters, for well over 50 years, hundreds of millions of people around the world have developed the simplest needs for refrigeration and air conditioner resources. Many of the older models/versions of refrigerators and/or air conditioners were packed with chemical known as hydro-fluorocarbons. Hydro-fluorocarbons are artificial chemicals which when released into the atmosphere will act to modify the chemical make-up of the middle to upper parts of the Earth’s atmosphere. Thus, hydro-fluorocarbons act to impact the chemical composition of the Earth’s natural protective layers which prevent harmful and dangerous ultraviolet rays from harming people and natural ecosystem present on planet Earth.
Another premier example of how mankind has and will continue to impact the stability of Earth’s ecosystems are the impacts of fossil fuel and general meat consumption. First, through an increasing global population, there is a corresponding increase in the demand for fossil fuels for day-to-day drivers, air travel (i.e., helicopter travel as well as commercial and/or private aircraft travel). Thus, in doing so, this pumps more and more greenhouse gas emissions into the global atmosphere which will only act to further enhance the greenhouse effect which will continue to exacerbate positive planetary warming trends with time. Furthermore, the gradually global increases in meat demand will also act to generate greater amounts of methane as a by-product of cattle existing. Therefore, the increased global methane generation will also act to further exacerbate the impacts of planetary warming trends. Hence, despite how contentious of a topic this may in fact be, it is important to recognize and understand that our decisions always have consequences regardless of how we go about living our lives.
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© 2018 Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz
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