Scientists say Climate Change can no longer be ignored
POSTED: Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 5:05pm
UPDATED: Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 5:05pm
BROWNSVILLE (NEWS CENTER 23) — Mother Nature's health is worsening every year, according to some scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Climatic Data Center.
In fact, one scientist, Thomas Karl, director of the NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina says “Data show that the climate is changing more rapidly now than it has at any time in the historical record. The numbers speak for themselves."
Depending on which data set scientists look at, 2013 falls somewhere between the second warmest and sixth warmest year since record keeping began in 1880, according to sciencemag.org.
After reading some of the information on that article, I was more than convinced, we need to do something in order to help preserve our home planet. But of course that is just my opinion.
The following information I obtained from the magazine and from a report released this year on the Bulletin.
Global sea level reached a new record high last year 1.5 inches above the average measured by satellites between 1993 and 2010.
And for the 23rd straight year, mountain glaciers on the whole lost more ice than they gained, says Jessica Blunden of ERT Inc., who works with Karl at the climate monitoring agency in Asheville.
The new study, State of the Climate in 2013, was released online in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, where more than 400 scientists from 57 countries contributed to the report.
Levels of both methane and nitrous oxide (N2O), which on a pound-for-pound basis trap heat more effectively than CO2, rose last year about 0.3%.
About two-thirds of the atmosphere’s heat-trapping power comes from CO2, which is much more prevalent than the other two gases, the researchers report.
Carbon dioxide levels are now in uncharted territory, the scientists say.
Ice core records reveal that until the early 20th century, CO2 concentrations hadn’t risen above 300 ppm during the previous 800,000 years.
China, Japan, and South Korea suffered their warmest summer on record, and Australia really suffered: With large swaths of the Land Down Under tallying summertime highs above 113°F, Australia had its warmest year since record keeping began in 1910.
The amount of heat stored in the upper 700 meters of the world’s oceans, which has increased substantially over the past 2 decades, also reached a record level last year.
That increased heat content helps boost the strength of typhoons and hurricanes, Karl suggests.
In the next couple of months, he notes, NOAA will release a report that discusses how climate change might be related to several episodes of extreme weather last year.
It's a scary thought but we could be destroying our planet as we know it. Whether you think we have contributed to the planet's poor health or not, I believe it's still our duty to find ways and get it back to it's healthy state, if it's at all possible.