While the rest of humanity is busy polluting and abusing the world’s natural resources, there are actually sensible and responsible individuals who busy themselves with environmental issues like global warming and climate change. This issue is no longer just a concept that scientists talk about themselves but a global reality faced by all. But how much do we really know about this phenomenon? Can we still take more of nature’s wrath or are our previously undertaken initiatives in slowing down its progression now finally paying off?
For decades, scientists and other experts concerned with the state of the environment work hand in hand to gain a better understanding of our planet, the changes that are taking place in it, and what specific human activities contribute to nature’s deterioration. And thanks to them, we know more information now than we did several years back. The extent of the damage may have been a lot now but there is still time to clean up our act as what recent discoveries claim to be.
Computer modelling used a decade ago to predict how quickly global average temperatures would rise may have forecast too much warming, a study has found.
The Earth warmed more slowly than the models forecast, meaning the planet has a slightly better chance of meeting the goals set out in the Paris climate agreement, including limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.
Scientists said previous models may have been “on the hot side”.
The study, published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience, does not play down the threat which climate change has to the environment, and maintains that major reductions in emissions must be attained.
But the findings indicate the danger may not be as acute as was previously thought.
Technological advancements have helped people get these data. Too much technology may be a bad thing but when it is put to good use like in this case, we can’t help but feel grateful that we live at a time like today where most things considered impossible in the past are now within our reach. We may likewise hear it over and over the news how badly the planet is doing but fortunately, science is telling us it isn’t that bad after all although that is not a reason for us to be lax in our efforts in salvaging what’s left of our planet.
Speaking in front of a crowd of nearly 5,700 people at the University of Rhode Island Tuesday, the renowned chimp expert Jane Goodall said she has hope for the environment’s future, even though the world is already experiencing the effects of climate change.
Goodall’s talk during the university’s Honors Colloquium lecture series was the most attended lecture in the event’s 50-year history. Goodall said carbon emissions are destroying our planet and causing sea levels to rise. But she believes things will get better because social media can connect environmental advocates from around the world.
We may feel that saving the planet is next to impossible right now seeing how much we have abused it already but knowing that even the experts still have hope that we can do it comforts us somehow. The odds may be high but with our collective efforts, we can still slow down the progression of global warming and save every living being here in this planet from eventually disappearing. If only our own country can also do its part in this global initiative, it can bring peace of mind to the millions of Americans who are also affected by the force of climate change not to mention the billions more who are heavily and frequently affected by natural calamities than mighty America.