Global Warming: Truths & Untold Stories
According to scientist we could see forests in the Sahara Desert and sand dunes throughout the amazon. Do you think that if everyone on earth jumped at the same time or if we pour iron into the oceans it could fix global warming? Here are the crazy and interesting things about global warming you should know.
10 Polar Bears Already Survived Global Warming
When we think of Polar bears we think of the northern colder temperatures. Yet, according to research, polar bears have actually survived previous Global Warmings, they have left their genetic trades in other bear species. One animal that would not be able to adapt to the climate change would be the Narwhal since it is fully adapted to the artic conditions and would not be able to survive the temperature change.
9 Is Not All Heat!
This one will shock you but scientist say that despite the global warming, we are still in the ice age… there is a phenomenon called Global dimming and in the last 30 years, 4% less sunlight is getting to us and therefore creating a cooling effect on the already global warming heat, like a fan used in a hot room. Going further, science say that regardless of what we do to nature, due to the shape of the earth, we experience cyclical warming and cooling of the earth every 100 thousand years.
8 A Bizarre Correlation
What does kidney stones and temperature have in common? Well, more than you think. According to research, the higher the temperature of a region climbs, the more kidney stones are experienced by people who live in the area! Going with that math, we all may want to start drinking more water and taking better care of our kidneys so as it gets warmer, we are better prepared!
7 A Positive Angle
What could be a positive coming out of our glaciers melting? India and Bangladesh have the answer. For over 40 years the two nations have been fighting over an inhabited island in the Bay of Bengal that had emerged after a the Bhola cyclone that hit the area in 1970! Since it was new territory, the two nations had a dispute over ownership. But the intentions where darker. There was speculations of oil in the island… now you know why it was so important. As with the saying easy comes easy goes, in 2010, due to water levels rising, the island went back under water… It was not after couple of years later that the land dispute was actually solved. If it ever emerges again, it belongs to Bangladesh!
6 The Name Changer
There is so much information regarding global warming as well as climate change that both terms are used as same when in reality they are not… as the name indicates, Global warming is the measurement of the earth’s temperature increasing over periods of time. On the other hand, climate change, takes into account variations of temperature, changes of patterns of rain, wind and currents as well as the effects of humans in the planet. According to experts, both terms are okay to use and it depends on what your focus is on.
5 Heating Them To Extinction
Is so sad to imagine species disappearing. And yes, there are plenty, some of course we did our selves by over hunting and habitat destruction, like the Dodo, the Caspian tiger and other less majestic animals. Now, In this case, no hunting, just temperature changes are doing the trick. From the untouched monteverde region in costa Rica, the last siting of the golden toad was in 1989… those toads where once very abundant in a very small area. Some scientist said that the decline and further extinction had to do with a spread of a fungus that due to temperature changes, was able to grow and weaken the toads to extinction. Another one that may actually have gone extinct is the Lock Monster, according to researcher Robert Rines, due to global temperature rising, the Lock Monster may have gone extinct sometime in the past 40 yrs.
4 Who Is Worse, Your TV or Car?
We have been told that carbon Dioxide is the major cause of world heating, but what tv as well as thin film solar cells companies don’t want you to know is what your flat screen tv has, its manufactured with a component worse for the environment than car congestions in larger cities. Nitrogen trifluoride, a gas not regulated by the Kyoto Protocol has a global warming potential of about 17k more than CO2.
3 The Incredible Shrinking Animals
In some areas of the world the temperature has been going to the extreme, hotter summers and colder winters are becoming more common. Animals adapt to their environments and according to biologists, smaller species will benefit from the heat! In Europe a study revealed that based on body mass of different animals including fish and bacteria, as well as sheep in Scotland, it was noticed that due to milder winters yet cool summers, the animals’ body mass shrunk to about 50% over the past 3 decades.
2 The Amazon Desert?
The climate change has brought with it different weather to unexpected regions. In the First week of 2018 it was so cold in the US that it was snowing in Tallahassee, the capital of Florida and snow blanketed the Sahara Desert! With that in mind, can you imagine the Sahara Desert turning into a forest? Apparently, the weather patterns are affecting rain directions and the Sahara is turning green while the amazon rain forest is turning sandy. Most of that is not nature’s fault. Humans have been cutting the fragile rain forest and replacing it with cattle pastures.
1 Thinking Way Outside The Box
Over the last several years there have been many plans to “repair” the damage to our planet. One of the most bizarre ways was in July 20th 2006. The plan was to have everyone in the planet jump at the same time! Purpose? To knock the earth out of orbit and therefore stop global warming… Scientist say, it will definitely knock a lot more than that… more like all of us to extinction…! Another bizarre plan was to dump iron into the ocean to make algae grow and therefore combat global warming… again science now knows excess algae, in the long run creates more problems to the fragile ecosystem that the good the algae can do… In other words, experts say that if we were to spend all the money in preventing further damage, it would be better used and more effective than trying to repair what we already broke…