Scientists say that carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases are increasing in the atmosphere, effectively trapping heat inside instead of letting it escape back into space. This is causing the Earth to heat up and is known as the greenhouse effect because of a similar effect to that inside a greenhouse.
I admit I am a little biased on this topic as I believe this to be real, although I remember hearing once that less people in America believe this to be fact than the people who don’t (I can’t remember the exact statistics). I also admit that I found this puzzling because in school we were taught about this in a way that made it seem like fact. Also, most scientists believe in global warming and the greenhouse effect.
I think the source of many people’s opinions about global warming are from the media. I guess they think that if science is giving reasons why global warming exists, they should do the cons of it, and so give all of the reasons global warming has got to be false. Some people believe it is a government conspiracy of some sort. I must say that this would make sense considering what the government is like today, what with all of it’s secrets. After all, there are so many government conspiracies nowadays that at least some of them have to be true. All rumours have a bit of truth in them.
I’m not sure of all the facts, so forgive me if I get this wrong, but I think there is proof that the amount of carbon in the atmosphere is on the rise. In England this year, it barely snowed, and when it did, it was late winter. I don’t know the cause of this, but there has been less snow every year, and it may be down to global warming. I am not sure of this though, so don’t take my word for it.
For many years, scientists have been digging up ice cores to find the levels of carbon in the past. This graph shows carbon levels from thousands of years ago until now. As you can see, there is a pattern. Carbon levels are rising naturally and will follow this pattern and nothing will happen. Or so it seems. If we consider the added carbon we are sending out into the atmosphere with all the emissions from different things, we may push the carbon level over the edge of a thin line that will lead to the melting of the ice caps. This would be disastrous, as the water levels will rise dramatically and much land will be submerged under water. This is why we need to try to reduce our carbon levels. There is still time to do so and many ways, such as energy efficient light bulbs and eco-friendly items. Even without those, something as simple as saving electricity by turning off lights when they are not needed, or buying products that need less industrial work done, maybe alternatives to plastic packaging, could help immensely. Remember, don’t ever think that your doing this cannot make an impact, because it can, and will. Every person counts and I hope you will be one of these people.
May the unicorns be with you.