STATES CHRONICLE – Specialists share with us the most important climate stories which occurred this year. Probably, we will all remember 2016 as the year of a turning point for global warming. This year the effects of greenhouse gas emissions could no longer be ignored. Our planet is currently overheating, destroying diverse habitats and ecosystems and causing the extinction of several species.
All researchers are worried about these severe effects which brought suffering to many species, including ourselves. We are aware of the fact that we need to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions and recycle, but we need to struggle even more to let the good deeds surface the effects of our bad decisions.
Scientists argued that air traveling is listed among the causes which fueled carbon dioxide emissions, accounting for approximately 7% of these emissions at a global level. The International Civil Aviation Organization which is responsible for governing body for airlines developed a plan to reduce these dangerous gas emissions.
Among other causes, there was listed hydrofluorocarbons. These represent the chemicals used in an air conditioner. Apparently, this type of substances contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, being thousands of times more harmful than carbon dioxide when it resumes to maintaining the heat of the atmosphere. Back in October, international negotiators thought of a deal to eliminate this threat.
This winter, the Arctic experienced a warm winter, being struck by a heat wave. July was declared to have been the hottest month ever registered. The Arctic had a decreased record when it came to sea ice during winter. A heat wave transformed the Arctic, causing an increase in temperatures which measured 27 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. Ice growth became a legend. What is more, massive portions of ice began fading away. The Arctic is considered to be a region which warms up extremely rapid.
Climate change became an economic problem too. Many countries need to recycle on a daily basis, having economies based on renewable instead of using fossil fuels. Many investors representing $5.2 trillion in assets decided to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
Global warming has also affected the Great Barrier Reef which was crucially affected by hot waters which destroyed a massive number of ecosystems. The hurricane El Nino together with the effects of climate change has decimated the reef, causing a massive coral bleach all around the world.
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