Editorial: Global warming affects the Earth everyday

Emma Galvez, Reporter

Global warming has been in effect since the 1830s. The Earth has been going through temperature change, wildfires, ocean levels rising, and coral reefs dying. 

Global warming has been proven “Based on well-established evidence, about 97% of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening.” according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

“Floods, drought, wildfires and hurricanes made worse by climate change could cost the U.S. federal budget about $2 trillion each year by the end of the century” according to CNBC. Meaning the US does spend a significant amount of money on the earth, but we have to keep up with the constant changes. 

Carbonbrief states that, “oceans are important for understanding global climate because more than 90% of the heat reaching Earth’s surface ends up there.” Since the temperature is changing, places that normally have a higher temperature are getting even hotter, and vice versa. 

For example, Florida. The Florida Historical Society says that the highest temperature on record is 109°F/ 43°C on June 29th 1931. However, they have experienced extremely low temperatures considering how close they are to the ecuador. Tallahassee has the record low temperature, which was -2°/-19° in February of 1899. 

Now that being said, temperatures have increased and decreased in the north. Alaska’s lowest temperature on date was -90° in February of 2022, according to Foxweather. With that being said, they have an all-time record high of all-time record of 90° set on June 17, 1926, according to Accuweather. 

With the rising temperatures comes wildfires. Wildfires normally occur in the summer because of the high heat and the dry season. Earth.org says one of the worst wildfires in the United States was the Dixie Fire in California, in June of 2021, and it burned 463,000 acres in Northern California. 

Florida is to be expected to be underwater soon due to the sea rising. The bottom third of Florida is expected to be underwater by 2100, according to Newsweek. This all depends on how fast the glaciers melt. 

We have lost 14% of our coral reefs in 10 years between 2008 and 2018, according to Huffpost. Coral reefs cover 0.2% of the ocean’s floor. Coral reefs are dying because of mass bleaching. Coral bleaching is “when corals are stressed by changes in conditions such as temperature, light, or nutrients, they expel the symbiotic algae living in their tissues, causing them to turn completely white.” All according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Ocean Service.  The high sea surface temperature is the reason for the reefs bleaching. 85% of the Great Barrier reefs were part of the first mass bleaching, killing 29% of all the reefs. 

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