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Globalclimatic change, also referred to as a change in the world’sclimate has become a common term in the recent times. Differentfactors have contributed to these changes. By definition, Climatechange can be referred as the long term alteration of weatherconditions, such as extremely hot days/nights. The global climaticchanges have affected peoples, lives either directly or indirectly(Schneider4).The society also plays a major role in the contribution of climatechange through the emission of greenhouse gases. This paper willfocus on factors leading to climate change and its impacts,greenhouse gases and the role of the society to try reducing emissionof greenhouse gases that affect the climate.
Directand indirect impacts of climate change
Climatechange has affected the lives of people in the society in differentways. The climatic changes have led to a shift in weather patterns,change in landscape, rise in sea levels, and increase intemperatures. Most importantly, the changes have affected people’shealth. The continued increase in temperatures also known as globalwarming has directly affected people’s health (LarryParker 27).Different age brackets, such as the young, the very old and thosewith respiratory and heart diseases have had a hard time coping withthis shift of weather conditions. On the other hand, the climatechanges have affected people’s life indirectly. Fluctuations oftemperature, such as the extreme rise in temperature has led to therise in sea level, which changes the hydrological cycle and thusflooding which brings about deaths and displacements from people’shabitat.
Greenhousegases emitted through human being activities have played a major rolein global climate change. These are gases that alter with the ozonelayer and allow sunlight rays to freely enter the earth. These gasesinclude carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane and fluorinated gases(Ramseur3).Human activities such as burning of fossil fuel are the main producerof carbon dioxide and methane. Deforestation has equally contributedto the mission of more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Trees helpwith the circulation of air in the environment. During ricecultivation, the microorganisms and bacteria found in the wetlanddecompose organic matter leading to the production of methane.
Dueto the negative effects of the anthropogenic climate change, I wouldpersonally ensure that I use renewable fuel for my car to avoidemission of greenhouse gases such as carbon, also, take my car forregular repair and maintenance. Electricity, which is moreenvironmentally friendly, should be used as compared to fossil fuel(Jonathan14).Plant more trees and try educating my community on the importance ofclean environment. On the other hand, the community should take theinitiative to reduce negative climate change. People should plantmore trees trained personnel should come forward and educate thecommunity about the importance of keeping the environment clean andhealthy. People should also reuse or recycle various things such asnewspapers and plastic material. The almost extinct animals should bewell taken care of and avoid their extinction.
Inconclusion, a clean and healthy environment is very important to bothhuman beings and animals. The more we try to conserve it, thehealthier we become. Climate change is inevitable thereby peopleshould try adapting to these changes. It is the role of both theindividuals and the community to ensure that the environment is notunder the risk of negative climatic change.
Schneider,Stephen H, Armin Rosencranz, Michael D. Mastrandrea, and KristinKuntz-Duriseti. ClimateChange Science and Policy.Washington [DC: Island Press, 2010. Internet resource.
Ramseur,Jonathan L, Larry Parker, and Brent D. Yacobucci. GreenhouseGases: Management, Reduction, and Impact.New York: Novinka Books, 2008. Print.