What is the effect human species is having on our planet?
“We are living in an age where we can clearly see the effect that the human species is having on our planet. One such effect is the prominent escalation of global warming; caused by rising emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. This warming of the earth average temperature has already lead to situations such as extreme weather, increased forest fires, and the melting of the North and South poles as well as ice sheets and glaciers around the world. Global warming has been observed destroying the habitats of animals, and it won’t be long before humans are facing the repercussions of our lifestyles. The National Geographic states that since 1906, the global average surface temperature has increased between 0.6 to 0.9 degrees Celsius – even more in sensitive polar regions. There is great concern over the heating of our atmosphere, as recent studies have shown that for 20 days of the year, 30 percent of the earths populous is exposed to potentially fatal heat. If greenhouse gas emissions stay on the same trends, then by the year 2100 the within the world’s population three out of four will be exposed to this dangerous threat. This highlights the desperate need for change in how humans operate to provide the lifestyles we lead and become a more sustainable world.