Is climate change an immediate problem or will it take years to see the negative effects?



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    A little bit of both.  Although this is a hot button topic and many would argue that there is no such thing as climate change, there have been some rather freakish events that have happened in recent seasons that are leading more people to believe that our Earth may indeed be changing.  Some of the things that we have seen more recently (2008) as evidence of climate change:

    • There was a storm in the Northeast that unloaded 11 inches of rain in 24 hours with winds of up to 128 mph
    • It snowed in Baghdad for the first recorded time in history
    • US cities had trouble making ice skating ponds because the water mysteriously would not freeze

    Because of the examples from above, experts are also urging people to take care because of the long term effects that will appear if we don’t change our behavior now.  In a statement from the director of the University College London (UCL) Institute for Human Health and Performance, he urges politicians to take action now because “the price of complacency will be paid in human lives and suffering, and all will be affected.”  He says that all the events that we’ve been seeing, like the ones listed above, are signs that there is greater doom coming and if we don’t take action we will be significantly harmed in ways we might not even be able to imagine now, such as an increase in the spread of infectious diseases, destroyed habitats and mass water and food shortages.  He urges countries to take a look at ways in which they could contribute, such as adopting more disciplined emissions targets and identify the ways in which climate change is affecting the health of their people and find solutions to counter these effects.  

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    According to NASA’s government site, climate change is already effecting earth in many ways. Probably the most well known change occurring is that glaciers are shrinking worldwide. Melting glaciers contribute to rising sea levels and oceanic temperature change which effects global and local temperatures as well. NASA also classify the trends of fewer cold days/nights and more frequent hot days/nights as being “very likely” to have occurred recently due to climate change.

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