Welcome to our brand new course on Renewable Energy. This is an introductory course and it will introduce renewable energy energy to you.
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Climate Change and its effects explained
Now we are going to look into yet another important issue with regards to our planet and renewable energy. We are going to look into Climate change. You must have noticed that renewable energy pops up whenever climate change is being discussed. We will get to know what really is climate change and why renewable energy is a key solution to minimizing climate change and its adverse effects.
What is Climate change?
Climate change is the overall effect of the change in earth’s climate system in new weather patterns of a region or the earth in general. Usually, the most striking effect of climate change is the net increase in the earth’s temperature which is also known as global warming.
There has always been climate change since the creation of the earth. But according to NASA, there is a rapid climate change since the last 35 years and we have now come to understand that the increase in human activities especially since the industrial revolution is a major factor to this rapid increase.
Here is a citation from NASA:
The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere.4 Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with the five warmest years on record taking place since 2010. Not only was 2016 the warmest year on record, but eight of the 12 months that make up the year — from January through September, with the exception of June — were the warmest on record for those respective months.
Any evidence of climate change?
Yes we have a couple of visible evidence especially as shown in the video below. But we can list out some of them below:
- Global Temperature
- Warming Oceans
- Shrinking Ice sheets
- Glacial retreat
- Decreased Snow cover
- Sea level rise
- Ocean acidification
Now watch the video to understand more the causes and effects of climate change.