Mother Nature: Part of our History with Climate Change

Climate change is no longer a myth or a theory. We are facing the effects of the change all over the world in either raise in temperatures, reduce or irregular rainfall, etc. The history of the discovery of climate change traces back to the 1800s. At the peak of the industrial revolution and creative innovation, “harmful/toxic” by-products were introduced into our environment. The acidity of surface ocean waters has increased by about 30% from industrialization. This increase is the result of humans emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and hence more being absorbed into the ocean. From then on different scientists and physicists came up with different theories to explain the changes.

“In 1824, Joseph Fourier calculated that an Earth-sized planet, at our distance from the Sun, ought to be much colder. He suggested something in the atmosphere must be acting as an insulating blanket. In 1856, Eunice Foote discovered that blanket, showing that carbon dioxide and water vapor in Earth’s atmosphere trap escaping infrared (heat) radiation,” NASA Global Climate change.

Taking note of other Key historical dates in “1938, Guy Callendar connected carbon dioxide increases in Earth’s atmosphere to global warming. In 1941, Milutin Milankovic linked ice ages to Earth’s orbital characteristics. Gilbert Plass formulated the Carbon Dioxide Theory of Climate Change in 1956.”1972 – First UN environment conference, in Stockholm. Climate change hardly registers on the agenda, which centres on issues such as chemical pollution, atomic bomb testing, and whaling. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is formed as a result. 3 years later in “1975 – US scientist Wallace Broecker puts the term “global warming” into the public domain in the title of a scientific paper.”

African Civil societies groups are meeting in Malawi to discuss the Effects of Climate change on the African continent. This is in preparation for the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC which will take part later in the year in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The world’s weighing balance operates on a give and take notion. Hence the reward of destruction is scarcity.


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