What is Global Warming?
Updated: Sep 19th, 2022
Based on the measurements we have available since the 1880’s, the facts seem to indicate that our world is getting warmer,- following as a result of human-produced pollution.
The artic polar bear has become the poster-child of the climate change movement, as an example of species impacts and habitat destruction. Photo Credit: Getty Images
What is the Definition of Global Warming?
Global warming is defined as the gradually increasing trend in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere. It is a result of the human-produced pollution in our atmosphere.
In searching for scientific opinions on the matter, it is worth noting that two major scientific entities in the U.S., including NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), both agree that our world is getting warmer.
To take matters a step further,- the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change informs us it is ‘extremely likely’ that human activity is the predominant cause.
What cause is at the root of the global warming equation?
In looking for the cause of global warming, we look back to the beginnings of the industrial revolution, (around the mid to late 1700’s),- when humanity first began using fossil fuels for large-scale industry.
Historians have written that the main features of the Industrial Revolution involved the use of new materials, such as iron and steel, as well as the first large-scale use of new energy sources, including coal, petroleum, and most importantly, the internal-combustion engine.
These new energy sources, coupled with a new form of organization we know today as the ‘factory system’, are what enabled a whole new world of specialization and mass production in our society. They are all important components of the industrial revolution.
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!
How long have scientists been warning us about the harmful impacts of fossil fuels?
We tend to think of the scientific debate, and the modern-day warnings we receive from scientists regarding global warming, as being something new, but they are actually not.
Dating as far back as the early stages of the Industrial Revolution, some of the world’s top scientists were already speculating about the potential impacts of fossil fuels.
For example, in 1896 the Swedish scientist and Nobel Prize winner, Svante Arrhenius, became amongst the first to predict that fossil fuels would indeed have a negative impact on the atmosphere.
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.
What specific human activities are causing global warming?
Some of the specific human-activities influencing our climate the most are;-
1. Our means of transportation
This is referring to the gasoline and oil that we burn in our automobiles.
2. The pollution coming out of our factories
This is referring to the smoke billowing out of our factories 24 hours a day, for years upon years.
And 3.,- The removal of forests
Also known as ‘deforestation’, this is referring to the process of removing large numbers of trees.
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