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What is Global Warming?

Updated: Nov 30th, 2022

Scientists inform us that, based upon measurements taken and recorded since the 1880’s, the facts seem to indicate that our world is slowly getting warmer. And time is running out for us to do something about it..


The artic polar bear has become the poster-child of the climate change movement, because of the melting polar ice and the destruction of its habitat… Photo Credit: Getty Images


Definition

Global warming is defined as the gradually increasing trend in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere. It is occurring as a result of human-produced pollution in our atmosphere. NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), both tell us that our world is getting warmer. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change informs us it is ‘extremely likely’ that human activity is the predominant cause.


What started global warming?

The cause of global warming can be traced back to the beginnings of the industrial revolution, around the mid to late 1700’s,- a time when humanity first began using fossil fuels on a large-scale basis.

Historians inform us that the main features of the Industrial Revolution involved the use of new materials, such as iron and steel, coupled with the first large-scale use of new energy sources, including coal, petroleum, and importantly, the internal-combustion engine.

These new energy sources, coupled with a new form of organization we know today as the ‘factory system’, enabled a whole new world of specialization and increased mass production,- all important components of the industrial revolution.

And ever since that time of industrial discovery, the human race has been burning fossil-fuels non-stop, world-wide, for twenty-four hours-a-day, 365 days a year.

Think about it. That’s a long time for smoke to be pouring out of our factories and automobiles all day, every single day..


When did atmospheric scientists begin warning us about the potential dangers of fossil fuels?

We tend to think of the scientific debate regarding global warming as being something modern and new, but it’s actually not new! It’s true that it only recently came into public awareness, for people like you and me. But even as far back as the early stages of the Industrial Revolution, some of the world’s top scientists had already begun to speculate about the dangerous impacts of fossil fuels.

For example, in 1896 the Swedish scientist and Nobel Prize winner, Svante Arrhenius, became one of the first to predict that fossil fuels would have an problematic impact on the atmosphere. Unfortunately, the actual impact may even be worse than his models predicted.


What are the numbers we have available today?

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as stated in the administrations 2020 Annual Climate Report, the earth’s combined land and ocean temperature has increased at an average rate of 0.13 degrees Fahrenheit (0.08 degrees Celsius) per decade since 1880. In addition, the average rate of increase after 1981 has more than doubled to 0.32°F (0.18°C ) per decade.


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