The Earth’s temperature is rising

Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index
Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index, Credit: NASA/GISS

The temperature of the planet has risen to unprecedented levels in the last 1,000 years. This makes it very likely that some parts of the globe will have limited chances of survival for humans. It is further unlikely that the agreed temperature by the league of nations will be reached as per report by a renowned NASA scientist. 2016 experienced the highest scorching heat of the sun with global temperature going above the levels that were experienced in the 19th century. A new mark of heat was attained in the month of July for the first time since year 1880. The existence of humans and other wild animals under the sun is facing a perilous uncertainty from the rising temperatures.

The rate of increase in global temperature has been on the rise though gradually. The period between 1998 and 2012 recorded slightly lower rates of temperature increase. This was smaller than the increase between 1951 and 2012. Towards the end of the twentieth century, global warming has been imminent and real more than ever before. La Nina Cycles are bound to happen due to the naturally occurring climatic cycles. These have led to negative effect on the Pacific Decadal Oscillation making excess heat to go to the deep parts of the ocean. Regardless of this fact, scientists predict that earth temperatures will soar to all-time highs sooner than later.

The change of climate over a period of 100 years is what defines global warming. Global warming is not best defined through analyzing temperature change over a year or a decade. Over the past hundred years, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide emissions as well as other gases from greenhouses contribute to the warming trend. This emission rate has not and will not slow down any time soon. What else could be the cause of plummeting temperatures on the globe?

The oceans across the globe more slowly as opposed to the land areas. This further makes the continents to warm more making it a bit uncomfortable to live for humans and animals. The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate change issued a report indicating that the Northern Hemisphere, the location of earth’s land mass, posted the warmest seasons for a period of 30 years over the last 1400 years. The rate of increase of land area temperature during the night is 2 times the rate of increase of day time temperature. The Arctic sea ice has decreased by 40% on the Northern Hemisphere more so during the autumn season. The emergence of more insects from the Northern Hemisphere is a reality. Plants flower earlier and birds are seen to be returning to the North sooner than they used to. The earth is likely to remain bare and in the next 1000 years existence of life on earth will be a nightmare.

The greenhouse gas released also makes global warming to be on the rise. Moreover, the habit of people burning fossils also makes temperatures to increase abnormally. From the year 1906 to year 2005, the world witnessed an increase of 0.3 degree Celsius. This increase will surely double in the next 50 years. What will the earth look like in 50 years’ time from now?

Will humanity survive with the increased carbon monoxide emissions?

The unprecedented increase in temperature for the past 1000 years has never been more real than in the 20th century. The global temperatures are now at an unfamiliar territory. In order to have reduction of carbon monoxide emissions in the near future, there is need to have coordinated geo-engineering. Reduction of carbon monoxide emissions is a daunting task that cannot be achieved in any way. This therefore puts humanity at risk since carbon monoxide is higher than the internationally agreed level of 2C. Since predictions have been given that 2016 would be the warmest year ever, the chances of survival even for other flora and fauna is at risk. Could this be the untold end of creation? No one knows the certain answer to this.

The next 1000 years is certainly like to be an interesting time to be but very uncomfortable due to the high temperatures. Industrial revolution will not cease. The growth of industries is certainly on the rise across the major cities in the world. Coal industries are being constructed all over and the emissions from them will continue to increase. If not put under control or if there are no measures put in place to ensure that the emissions are converted into some useful form, nature will surely suffer in the coming years. The current atmosphere is polluted with more carbon monoxide emissions and an increase in the current level of pollution is surely putting humanity at risk.

Diseases will increase due to the chemicals that are being used in our farms. Agricultural produce is no longer hundred percent safe for human consumption. Moreover, the greenery that our fauna consume is full of foreign chemicals that are believed to be causing strange diseases that never used to exist in the earlier days. Cancer, for instance, which is the abnormal multiplication of cells in the human body is said to be caused by the chemicals that human beings. With this trend, the next century will witness low populations of man, animals and plants.

In the long run, temperature increase will be the order of the day. There is no pause in this and anyone who thinks that the trend will change must brave themselves for more to come. The idea that temperature increase will be controlled is synonymous to viewing the world via rose-tinted spectacles. The society is in for a chronic challenge in the coming years. The increased pace of earth warming will go up to a rate of 20 times faster than the previous historical rate. The records taken from proxies indicate that layers of ice, glacier, and ocean sediments have dropped to all time low levels. While it is still difficult to compare one year to the next as far as temperature increase is concerned, the report by NASA shows that the recent decades have recorded new temperatures higher than any record for the past 500 years.

Check this interactive color coded map from NASA which shows the progression of changing global surface temperature from 1884 to 2015.

This color-coded map shows a progression of changing global surface temperatures from 1884 to 2015. Dark blue indicates areas cooler than average. Dark red indicates areas warmer than average.
This color-coded map shows a progression of changing global surface temperatures from 1884 to 2015. Dark blue indicates areas cooler than average. Dark red indicates areas warmer than average.
Data source: NASA/GISS
Credit: NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

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