- Heating Up: The Latest on Global Warming & Climate Change
- Environmental Effects
- Health Effects
- Too Late to Change?
- Curbing Climate Change: Take Action
- Global Warming Stats and Reports
- Additional Global Warming Resources
Global warming is the rise in global temperatures caused by the buildup of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other emissions in the earth’s atmosphere that trap the sun’s heat.
Overwhelming scientific consensus tells us that global warming is real, and a significant threat to our health, economy and environment.
Over the last two centuries, industrial activities, deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels have released high concentrations of heat-trapping agents called greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. And while a certain amount of greenhouse gas is important to keep our climate warm and livable, these higher concentrations are warming the Earth’s surface to temperatures previously unseen.
These warm-ups are responsible for rises in our sea level (from melting glaciers and ice shelves), the melting of permafrost, changes in the distribution of plants and animals and the lengthening of seasons. Some scientists have long suspected that the warming trend is also behind the increase of catastrophic storms and hurricanes we’ve experienced in the last few years.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), climate change could increase the risk of some infectious diseases—particularly those diseases occurring in warm areas—including malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and encephalitis. Furthermore, poor air quality caused by pollution may exacerbate existing respiratory conditions like asthma and other chronic lung diseases.
Other health concerns, according to EarthShare member the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), include deadly heat waves, drought, food and water storages and international conflict. Rising sea levels, desertification and depleted aquifers could displace millions of people from their homes.
Though the facts and figures of climate change are sobering, it’s not too late to clean up the planet. Here at EarthShare, we’re committed to doing exactly that—working with our member organizations to support earth-first initiatives.
Get involved through a one-time donation, or by setting up a workplace giving program in your office. By supporting environmental conservation organizations, you can do your part o protect and preserve public health and our natural resources. We also encourage you to browse our newly updated resources, designed to help you reduce your carbon footprint.
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