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The Reality of Climate Change

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Julie Derhak, A&E Editor

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If nine doctors told you from solid evidence that you had cancer, but only one told you to not worry about it and that you don’t have cancer, what would you do? This is the scenario that climate change is in. The Consensus Project measured the consensus of scientists concerning global warming. Their findings proved that 97% of scientists agree that global warming is real and that humans play a primary role in it.

Despite the staggering facts, professional scientist data, increased weather extremities, and obvious polar melting, there is still doubt and claims that global warming is a hoax. From news programs to radio talk shows, it has been a trend to bash the idea that humans are a cause to the rising temperatures of the Earth, and that such a claim is completely faulty. After all, we just experienced a polar vortex; temperatures were below zero. However there is a lot more to climate change than just hotter summers and dying polar bears. There are numerous effects that will not only inflict upon the planet as a whole, but also on our daily lives.

We are all familiar with the outdoor warning given when air pollution outside reaches high levels. Elderly, children, and people with respiratory issues such as asthma are advised to stay indoors. Climate change takes this known burden to a higher extreme. Increased air pollution means toxic levels in our air, which becomes a nastier risk to those already affected by the current problems of air pollution in winter. Due to Utah’s geography of valleys and mountains, the state suffers from one of the worst air pollution problems in the country. Inversion in winter isn’t the only event to be heightened by climate change, allergies are, too.

The National Wildlife Federation posted that about 25 million Americans will suffer from worsened respiratory allergies. A warmer season means more time for pollens to spread and thus make your spring and fall allergies longer and nastier.

The Korea Herald reported a drastic rise in infectious diseases due to the rise in temperatures on the Korean Peninsula, causing the tick and mosquito season to lengthen. This dilemma with insects isn’t isolated across the Atlantic, global warming does not act like a picky magnifying glass that heats up certain areas – it’s global for a reason.

Frequent wildfires, expanding and acidifying oceans, dying animals, and increased catastrophic natural disasters are some of many symptoms of climate change. There have been constant temperature records being set all over the world, a trend that will continue to happen.

The evidence is all around us, yet there are still many stubborn people refuse to believe in the greenhouse effect. Even if you believe that this whole climate change talk is nonsense and is a hoax, there are still ways you can better the environment – believer or not. It doesn’t take long bills and laws to personally reduce your carbon footprint.

Look at the everyday examples of waste around you – lights, cars, water, and even trash. Environmentalists and common sense both say to reduce the usage of all of those components.

“Going green” can apply not only driving but to eating and disposal. You don’t have to go completely Vegan and hippy, but include more meals that contain local foods. Recycling is a simple concept that is easy to comply with. Even cutting back on idling in your car can make a small difference. If everyone decides to listen to those nine doctors and take an initiative to deal with the cancer, the cure will eventually come.

What do you think should be done about the Utah air? Comment below, let us know. If you want more Bingham Prospector Online, subscribe with your email.

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