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Global Warming Newspaper

by Maritza Midence


Daily School Kids Newspaper
Monday 21, September 2021
By Maritza Midence
Global Warming
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The thawing of the poles also affects animals
Changes through the years
Earth’s climate is changing at an unprecedented rate. As a result, storms and droughts are becoming more intense. Temperatures are rising. Polar ice caps are melting. This is causing oceans to rise. Low coastal areas are flooding. Animals are losing their habitats. Scientists are sounding the alarm: If we don’t make changes to halt global warming, the planet’s climate will become increasingly unbearable.
Climate, unlike weather, describes long-term patterns in the conditions of the atmosphere. Earth’s climate as a whole has changed several times throughout history. In the past 650,000 years alone, there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat. Most of these changes are a natural part of Earth’s 4.5 billion–year history. They are due to tiny variations in the Earth’s orbit, which alter the amount of solar energy reaching the planet.

Scientists say that recent changes in Earth’s climate are not due to natural causes. According to NASA, 97% of climate scientists agree there is a direct connection between human activity and the changes occurring on our planet.
News & Current Affairs
Climate change is causing worsening conditions across the planet, including water insecurity, severe drought, and wildfires.
The Human Impact

Over the past 150 years, humans have used more and more engines, vehicles, and other machines. These devices burn through fossil fuels like coal and oil. Fossil fuels emit carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases.
Normally, plants, trees, and the oceans absorb carbon dioxide and release it back into the atmosphere as oxygen. But an increase in fossil fuels has created more carbon dioxide than nature can take in. Adding to the problem are other human activities. Deforestation and the destruction of habitats also reduce the number of trees and plants. That makes it even harder to absorb all that carbon dioxide.
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When too much carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere, it causes problems for Earth’s climate. Sunlight can pass through those gases. But the heat the sun generates cannot escape back out into space. So the gases end up trapping that heat. This then turns the planet into a giant greenhouse.
This greenhouse effect leads to changes in the climate, like increased temperatures. Average temperatures across the planet have not been increasing uniformly. But scientists observe a clear upward trend. Sixteen of the 17 warmest years ever recorded have occurred since 2001.
Scientists believe that climate change will have an impact far greater than milder winters and warmer summers. A warmer planet melts glaciers and other large bodies of ice faster than usual. Earth’s glaciers help cool the planet. This means that as ice melts, temperatures will continue to rise. Rising sea levels, flooding, and stronger weather events will occur. And as the planet gets hotter, some places will become uninhabitable for people and animals.
World Interests
Extreme water events
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Sea life is affected
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Climate change is also creating more extreme weather events. This puts people and infrastructure in danger. Scientists believe that global warming is responsible for hurricanes of greater intensity. Other results of global warming include more frequent and severe heat waves, droughts, blizzards, and rainstorms.

Stronger hurricanes and storms and more flooding of low coastal areas are linked to climate change.
In warm, dry regions, increased temperatures are causing severe drought. This leads to wildfires, food shortages, and water insecurity. Global warming has also led to coral bleaching of nearly two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The corals provide a habitat for nearly 1,500 different species of fish. This loss of sea life also affects the hundreds of millions of humans who rely on marine creatures for food.
Taking Action
Governments, companies, and individuals are working to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. Countries are joining to fight climate change and its effects. Innovators are working to create Earth-friendly fuels and power sources. And more and more people are using electric and hybrid vehicles. They are also turning to wind and solar power for alternative energy sources.
But humans still need to deal with the large amount of carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere. One solution being tested is called carbon sequestration. Through this process, carbon dioxide can be captured and stored underground before it goes into the atmosphere. Another proposal is to store carbon by planting more trees—nature’s carbon trap.
Time will tell the true impact that climate change has on Earth. But how humans respond and adapt to a warming planet will set the course for years to come.
Taking Action News
Towards a net-zero future The United Nations (UN) Campaign Individual Actions
To preserve a livable climate, greenhouse-gas emissions must be reduced to net zero by 2050. Bold, fast, and wide-ranging action needs to be taken by governments and businesses. But the transition to a low-carbon world also requires the participation of citizens – especially in advanced economies.
ActNow is the United Nations campaign for individual action on climate change and sustainability.
Every one of us can help limit global warming and take care of our planet. By making choices that have less harmful effects on the environment, we can be part of the solution and influence change.
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Planting trees
1. Get Involved in your Community
This is one of the best decisions you can make. Not only will getting more involved in your community help you to better understand its challenges and why things are done the way they are, but it may also afford you the possibility to improve your surroundings which is surprisingly rewarding.

2. Buy Local Food and Products from Sustainable Sources
Buying local products may not be as easy as it sounds, but it offers huge advantages such as: reduced transportation costs and impact, reduced packaging waste, and the stimulation of employment in local communities.

3. Plant a Tree or some Flowers to Help Beautify the Area Around Your House
This is a great idea, and you should totally do it! But without trying to burst your bubble of excitement, this is currently an almost meaningless action.

4. Use Public Transportation for Short Distances as an Alternative to Driving a Car
This does makes a difference, and as a car lover I have to say it pains me to admit that cars are significant polluters.

5. Turn Off the Water while Brushing Teeth and Showering to Save on Water Usage
You might say all of the water that you can save yourself is not really going to make much of a difference. Still, turning off the water while brushing your teeth or showering is an easy way to reduce water usage.

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