Is Fossil Fuel Based Energy The Threat From Climate Change?

1950 WordsApr 19, 20178 Pages
As our society continues to use primarily fossil fuel based energy the threat from climate change is ever-growing. Never the less, denial of human influences of climate change is slowing efforts to stop it. As a result, we currently face a crisis where far from enough is being done to improve our energy system and mitigate the damage caused by a warming global climate. The development of the climate change issue to where it is today has been made up of two parts: greenhouse gas outputs and the political alignment. Throughout the years of energy production, the output of a primary greenhouse gas, CO2, has continually increased making climate change an ever more pertinent issue. This is despite progression from wood to coal to oil to now…show more content…
This meant that no longer would climate change be a nearly agreed upon issue with a consensus. Ultimately, climate change developed into the partisan issue it is today because of primarily special interest groups and all their funding. In the current day, we have already experienced some major climate change caused effects and have started to put into place plans to mitigate future issues, however if we continue to respond the way we have there is a risk for much greater threats. Some of the currently noticeable issues from climate change include an increase in overall global temperatures as well as an increase in major weather events. Since the pre-industrial world “we have already warmed around 1.5°F (1°C)” (Mann and Toles 30). Additionally, this past August (2016) marked the 16th and final month of consecutive record high warmth globally (“Global Climate Report” 2). This means that over the past nearly 140 years of record keeping the record high for every month is from either 2015 or 2016. As this changing climate impacts the weather “it may affect health through a range of pathways, for example as a result of increased frequency and intensity of heat waves, reduction in cold related deaths, increased floods and droughts, changes in the distribution of vector-borne diseases and effects on the risk of disasters and malnutrition. The overall balance of effects on health is likely to be negative” (Panwar et al 1514).
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