Since 1880, Earth’s global surface temperature has steadily increased. As a result of environmentally harmful human activity, the process of climate change is greatly intensified. Climate change is causing clear environmental effects, including extreme weather patterns, rising sea levels, ecosystem instability, and rising temperatures. Global temperatures have been increasing for decades, and it is predicted that they will continue to rise unless there are substantial reductions in human greenhouse gas emissions.
In the past month, the world has witnessed Europe’s heat wave. Across the region, various European cities have experienced record high temperatures. The record-breaking temperatures in Europe were accompanied by impacts on people and the environment. Now, the U.S. state of Alaska is battling a heat wave as its cities reach unprecedented temperatures. On July 4th, Anchorage, Alaska reached 90 degrees celsius, its highest recorded temperature in history. Due to climate change, the well-being of environments and communities throughout Alaska is being jeopardized. While communities face public health threats due to the heat, Alaska is also battling decreasing ice cover and the threat of wildfires. KTVA, an Alaskan televisions station, reported that there are over 100 active fires burning in the state of Alaska.
This Alaskan heat wave is an indicator of the reach and magnitude of climate change. As global populations struggle to battle climate change effects, it is a global wakeup call. All nations, communities, industries, and individuals must take action to safeguard our planet and slow the detrimental process of climate change. In order to help make a small change, individuals may use search engines like Treegle.org and Ecosia.org, which donate their ad revenue to tree planting. By contributing to sustainable businesses such as Treegle, users are helping to reduce carbon emissions and slow climate change.