Global Warming in Europe is Much faster than Science has Predicted

By:  Brisa Miranda

Summers in Europe are much hotter than they used to be and winters aren’t nearly as cold as they once were. The continents are warming much more rapidly than the climate models had once projected. This summer faced two intolerable heat waves blanket over Europe. 

Some European weather stations viewed half as many as uttermost cold days, while others reported a three-fold decrease. The researchers examined nearly 70 years of temperatures from weather stations throughout Europe, dating back to 1950. The researchers found that more than 90 percent of stations showed a trend of global warming, as  Environmental 360 at Yale reported. While it is clear that Europe is going to experience hot summers and winters, it is not known how people are going to adapt to the extreme amount of changes in the weather. These changes are not normal. While most Europeans are aware that climate change is happening right before their eyes, what is not known is how they will adapt.

 

Greenhouse gases: what are they? what harm do they do? 

Greenhouse gases are a type of gas that gives the greenhouse effect by absorbing infrared radiation, for example, carbon dioxide and chlorofluorocarbons. “Greenhouse gases are accumulating in Earth’s atmosphere as a result of human activities, causing surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures to rise” (The National Academies Press).  The greenhouse gases’ process makes Earth much warmer than it would be without an atmosphere and traps heat in Earth’s atmosphere. The greenhouse effect is also one of the things that makes Earth a comfortable place to live in.

 

How do we know Humans Are Causing Climate Change?

The bad news is that “scientists are more confident than ever that humans are causing global warming” says Climate Scientist, llissa Ocko. The good news is that human-caused climate change can be human-solved climate change. Extreme heat stresses the human body that could lead to exhaustion or even a heat stroke. Humans are burning fossil fuels, releasing huge amounts of carbon pollution and trapping more and more heat in the atmosphere. 

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