If all the glaciers melted, sea levels would rise over 70 metres. Ocean water would completely cover Florida and many European countries such as Denmark and the Netherlands would disappear.
This article talks about scary facts about climate change. One of the facts were that if every country produced as much CO2 as USA, there would need 5 earths to provide enough resources. Another interesting fact is that at the end of the century, global sea level is expected to rise about 7-23 inches.
Canada recycles less than 10 percent of its disposable plastics and is on track to throw away $11 billion worth of disposable plastic by 2030 unless things change.
On June 10, Canada announced it will ban single use plastics by 2021 in order to reduce plastic pollution. The ban would include items such as plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates and stir sticks, etc.
Canada has 151,019 miles of coastline–the world’s longest–and a quarter of the world’s fresh water, joins a growing list of nations taking steps to reduce the use of disposable plastics.
Trudeau also supports efforts to create a nationwide strategy for zero plastic waste.
This article talks about how climate change is impacting sea life. It says that climate change will empty almost one fifth of the oceans living creatures by the end of this century. It was reported in the US Proceedings of the National Academy of Science that 17 percent of marine biomass will be wiped out. The article also states every degree that the Earth heats up, the ocean biomass will shrink by 5 percent. This is devastating, especially since lots of ocean life is already disturbed by things like overfishing.
This article talks about how the government has failed to properly fund the climate change epidemic. It mentions about what the government has done and why the amount of funding used was poorly planned.
24% of glaciers and ice sheets collapsed in the western part of the continent. Some have thinned up to 400 feet. Climate change is affecting our globe and we still continue to pollute. Sea levels are dramatically increasing, which triggers more severe storms and floods affecting places that would never expect such a severe storm. Temperatures are rising as they are setting records and is getting worst every year.
This article talks about how an environmentalist/cilmatologist took a canadian think tank to court for trying to discredit his work and say that climate change is a myth after he released a report proving why climate change is real
Climate change is a long term alteration of the average weather over time. Temperatures have increased greatly over these past decades; climate change is real. It is occurring due to the great amounts of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere everyday. These gases trap heat energy from the sun which would other wise be reflected back. There are contemporarily much more greenhouse gases than there should be in our atmosphere. This excessive amount of greenhouse gases is greatly dependent on human activities and is warming up our earth. The main greenhouse gas is Carbon dioxide released due to the burning of fossil fuels and the lack of trees unable to convert the carbon dioxide into oxygen due to deforestation. Many people deny that climate change is real. This is because over the years hugely invested oil companies, influenced people that climate change is not real so that their business of fossil fuels would stay successful. Changes are occurring is sea levels, glaciers, snow on mountains, floods, droughts, shifts in crops growing, and extreme weathers are occurring.
This video made by Vox and UCLA talks about why humans aren’t good at perceiving climate change. One reason is because of the doom and gloom factor. Per Espen, a psychologist said that, “It makes humans more passive, rather than active”. When someone is fearful or guiltful they will withdraw and try to think about something else to distract themselves. Another reason is that people think that climate change is distant in time or space. They think the impact won't happen for a while, and what’s happening right now is far away, in the Arctic or developing countries. Also, climate change is a very complex problem which makes it hard for humans to understand.
From what was learned in the documentary "The Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power", sea level rising from the melting of glaciers is a serious issue resulted from global warming and thus the changing of climate. The sea level has already risen by 23 cm since the 1880's, and every year the number continue to increase by 3.2 mm. Even though this does not seem like a big number now, but it has already affected the Atlantic area in the form of increased hurricanes from increased moisture. If all the ice on Earth were melted, areas, cities, or even countries located from Florida to Bangladesh may sink underwater from the waves.
As climate change is becoming more and more important as the clock ticks, it is crucial for everyone to become aware of this. 13 y/o Quinn MacAskill has been selected as one of the top eight to participate in the TEDxYouth event. She has done an artwork along with a poem to do so, but this started off with her creating an organization with her community to give awareness to those that don't know the effects of climate change. If this is what a 13 year old can do to help stop climate change, then we can easily take action as well.
Due to climate change, Alaska is heating up twice as quickly as the rest of the US. It has recently just experienced its warmest spring on record, with an average temperature of 33 degrees Fahrenheit. Permafrost thawing caused 75-100 ft of a river bank in the city of Akiak to disappear, making the river much closer to housing. When frozen ground melts, it releases a huge amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. According to scientists, this could trigger a dangerous acceleration of more global heating and damage.