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Global Warming & Climate Change

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Global warming and climate change have their separate meanings but are both equally as important. Global warming is the warming of the planet due to human-caused greenhouse gas emission. Climate change are long term changes in the climate, such as sea level rise or extreme weather. So from my understanding, climate change happens because of global warming. According to an article from National Geographic, “since 1906, the global average surface temperature has increased between 1.1 and 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit,” which means that the earth is getting warmer which means the climate is changing and affecting everything around us. This is part of the reason, as some people believe, that there are more hurricanes happening. We do not realize the negative outcomes that come out of global warming because not much people are aware of it.

When looking up the synonyms for each of the four words, it really helped me understand how global warming and climate change are different and understand the meaning of both worlds. When I think of those words I think of the connotation of it and how they all make me think of the world, the big place around us. Those words make me think of the heat that is being produced more and more. I think of these days when it is extremely hot out when it is supposed to be fall. For climate, the synonyms I chose were temperature, humidity, conditions, and altitude. The synonyms I chose for change is adjustment, difference, variation, and diversity. Climate change is how the weather is changing which is what I was saying earlier, when the weather right now is supposed to be cold but it is 80, almost 90 degrees out. The synonyms I chose for each word really puts in perspective for me as to what the definition is and how it is really happening in the world today.

Why is global warming happening? It is happening because of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. I had absolutely no idea what that was but then I read in the Guardian that it is carbon dioxide which we cause by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, gas, and oil. So basically they are gases that humans emit directly which could be carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, etc. But then that forms the question, how would we be able to stop global warming? We can’t. Global warming is something we have to live with because all these gases are being projected by humans and they are only thinking of their own self. It is kind of like the topic of racism… No one should be doing it and it did get better at one point but now it is getting worse, and we cannot stop it. There will always be those racist people in the world and we cannot do anything about it. Just like with those gases being emitted, we can’t do anything to stop it because no one is going to. Some people will try to do better and try not to burn those fossil fuels, but it will never actually stop. It is just something we will always live with. Those people that are always throwing their

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