Global Warming

Global Warming is a great threat to the very survival of our planet. The human-induced global average temperature is rising constantly. It has increased by about 0.6 C in the 20th century when compared to the late 19th century. The United Nation’s Inter-government Panel on Climate Change has predicted that global warming could rise further by 1.4°c to 5.8°c by the end of the warmest on record, the year 1998 being the warmest since 1961.

The prospect is quite mentioning. The emissions of greenhouse gasses beyond a tolerable point have triggered off global warming. The greenhouse effect is caused by the role played by greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitro us oxide. CFC’s used in refrigerators and air-conditioners is said to be the major cause of global warming. These gases effectively trap energy from the heat of the sun in the earth’s atmosphere. This phenomenon keeps the earth warm.

As a result of global warming, the polar ice caps have shrunk. The glaciers that feed many major rivers have retreated. Arctic Ocean could be mostly open by 2050. The climate change is projected to increase extreme-weather events such as floods. Droughts, storms and imbalance in earth’s temperature. Man is heavily dependent on fossil fuel consumption not just for its development but for its very survival. The future is quite grim because population is projected to double by 2050. The increase in greenhouse gases is therefore an inevitable factor.

In fact, the solution to the problem of global warming lies in transition to a less energy-intensive world. We need a universal consensus to turn the tide. As a major step, developed countries possessing clean energy should transfer it to developing countries since climate change affects us all. Only a sincere global effort can change the world and avert an inevitable disaster.


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