By Clare Mankin
For the past couple of weeks, we have been hit with a multitude of heat waves. This weekend, however, we were able to get a break from the scorching weather--with rain. Lots of it. The remnants of Hurricane Florence are coming our way, in the first of what looks like a busy hurricane season. The climate does call for some questions to arise, especially the 'why' ones.
According to Science Daily, our climate has had radical changes in the past couple of years, and not for the best. From wind and solar shifts to the movement of the earth axis in 2017 to increases in carbon ----- the planet's weather patterns are changing. Scientists believe this is a result of how we treat our environment and the amount of pollution we put back into our atmosphere.
What scientists have determined is that our globe is warming at unprecedented rates. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, since 1951 and 1980, the global average temperatures have increased between one and two degrees higher. With this rise in temperature, the rise in sea level is increasing.
These regularly occurring spikes produce more hurricane four and five occurrences, extreme tectonic plate shifts under the Earth's surface, devastating volcanic eruptions, and colossal coastal runoff. All of this ties back into the past month and the last couple of years. This is one of the many reasons why the climate has been changing and why the atmosphere is deteriorating.
Places like Hawaii, who have had major volcanic eruptions and are now experiencing a hurricane as the aftermath, and under siege of these shifts, changes, and spikes. However, we can prevent and slow this process by limiting the trash consumption and production of our individual selves. The planet is greatly affected by man and its influence over it.
Take action and help save our atmosphere. Lend a hand in repairing it by recycling, using decomposable materials instead of non-decomposable ones, pick up litter, don't litter. Do whatever you, as an individual, are able to do. Don't sit idly by as the planet becomes more and more damaged by mankind. Fight for the possibility of a thriving world.