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Earth-orbiting satellites and other technological advances have enabled scientists to see the big picture, collecting many different types of information about our planet and its climate on a global scale. This body of data, collected over many years, reveals the signals of a changing climate.
It is undeniable that human activities have warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land and that widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and biosphere have occurred.
On Earth, human activities are changing the natural greenhouse. Over the last century the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil has increased the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). This happens because the coal or oil burning process combines carbon with oxygen in the air to make CO2. To a lesser extent, the clearing of land for agriculture, industry, and other human activities has increased concentrations of greenhouse gases.
Climate extremes, such as droughts, floods and extreme temperatures, can lead to crop losses and threaten the livelihoods of agricultural producers and the food security of communities worldwide.
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Global climate is projected to continue to change over this century and beyond. The magnitude of climate change beyond the next few decades depends primarily on the amount of heat-trapping gases emitted globally.
Temperature will continue to rise. Because human-induced warming is superimposed on a naturally varying climate, the temperature rise has not been, and will not be, uniform or smooth across the country or over time.
In a future in which heat-trapping gas emissions continue to grow, increases of a month or more in the lengths of the frost-free and growing seasons are projected across most of the Temperate Climate by the end of the century.
The effects of human-caused global warming are happening now, are irreversible on the timescale of people alive today, and will worsen in the decades to come.
Change in precipitation pattern thereby expecting increased rainfall and snow in the north and decreased rainfall in south. Projections of future climate suggest that the recent trend towards increased heavy precipitation, storm events will continue.
Hurricane-associated storm intensity and rainfall rates are projected to increase as the climate continues to warm.
Summer temperatures are projected to continue rising, and a reduction of soil moisture, which exacerbates heat waves, is projected in currently humid areas. By the end of this century, extreme heat days (one-day events) are projected to occur every two or three years over most of the nation.
Arctic Likely to Become Ice-Free. The Arctic Ocean is expected to become essentially ice free in summer before mid-century.
What you can do about it?
Get involved and do the change. We are living on our Planet in which any local action has global effect!
I think you’re wondering, “What can I do to play my part in advancing the sustainability process?”
According to United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change, Sustainable Development brings following co-benefits
Environmental co-benefits include:
– Air: Improved air quality
– Land: Improved soil quality or avoided pollution
– Water: Improved water quality or access
– Natural resources: Depletable natural resources protection or enhancement
Social co-benefits include:
– Education: Education, research, awareness raising or distribution of information
– Health and safety: Improved health and safety
– Jobs: Job or income generation
– Welfare: Improved social welfare (community upliftment)
Economic co-benefits include:
– Energy: Improved energy availability or access
– Growth: Support to economic development or stability
– Balance of payments: Improvement of the country’s trade balance
– Technology: Technology transfer or diffusion