To the Editor:
Although warmer temperatures may seem like a good thing, a 1 to 2 degree change in temperature across the world is very devastating for sea levels, coral reefs and many other things; therefore, this temperature change is very important to pay attention to.
The International State of the Climate in 2017 reported: “Since 1901, the planet’s surface has warmed by 0.7 to 0.9 degrees Celsius per century, but the rate of warming has nearly doubled since 1975 to 1.5 to 1.8 degrees Celsius.”
These warmer temperatures are proof that global warming is real, despite what some people might say.
The warming of Earth has been an issue since the 1900s, and at the current rate, by 2100, Earth’s temperature will be even higher above the 2 degrees Celsius line, causing even more catastrophic events.
Data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment show: “Greenland lost an average of 281 billion tons of ice per year between 1993 and 2016, while Antarctica lost about 119 billion tons during the same time period.” In just a short time of 23 years, billions of tons of ice has been lost because of the temperature increase.
This temperature increase is not something we can ignore any longer, as it is having serious effects on glaciers all around the world.
This raises sea levels, as well, and without these glaciers and ice around the world, Earth loses a main indicator of global warming and a massive source of freshwater, which is important to human survival.