6 U.S. Pieces Making Headlines Involving Climate Change in 2017

The year 2017 is a year of natural calamities for the US. Moreover, the US seems like the ultimate target practice of God’s weather-controlling department. The proof is evident in back to back hurricanes and relentless wildfires. On the other hand, if you don’t believe in God and you are an atheist, you can blame these extreme weathers on humans themselves by using scientific explanations. Global warming is one of the reasons behind intense climate changes.

Let’s take a look at some of the happenings occurring for real in 2017 with climate change in the center of it.

  1. Hurricanes – Living Proof of Climate Change

Hurricanes bombarded the US territories in the form of Irma, Harvey, and Maria in 2017. There was a loss of life and damaged property making people flee their homes. God-fearing or those obsessed with God have declared this as his wrath coming down in the form of natural disasters to destroy everything in its path. They will repent and ask for forgiveness to fend them off. Florida, the Gulf Coast, and Puerto Rico face the most on account of these hurricanes.

We all need answers. Who is responsible for these over-the-top conditions? Is it global warming or excessive greenhouse gas emissions causing the weather to behave in such a way? Climate change seems to be the only logical reason behind this. We should adopt greener ways to keep away from such catastrophes.

  1. Sea-Level On the Rise

Another thing to worry about is the increasing sea-level. Due to the climate getting warmer Antarctic ice is melting away leading to amplified sea-levels. US coastal areas will be the worst affectees if this situation gets critical. Moreover, the water level can rise up to 10 feet in the coming years. I am sure you all know about the consequences of this situation. The risk of flooding is one of them which can easily create problems for all those communities living by the sea. However, if we can manage and control greenhouse emissions, the level will only rise by 2 feet.

  1. Trump Blowing the Trumpet against Climate Change Measures

The US government is backing out from the Paris Agreement and also trying to substitute Clean Power Plan (a step towards cleaner environment). It has clearly laid down its intentions that it is not in favor of a greener planet.  Going against Obama administration is understandable but not at the expense of dire consequences for the earth and the people living on it. Trump will be protecting the US citizens if he works for the greater good of the world. It’s that simple!

  1. California’s Persistent Fires

The year 2017 is the year of California’s episodic fires which have a way of burning everything down to the ground. A bucket of water is not enough to stop them. These fires have attributed to burning 9.5 million acres of forests across the United States. The only logical reason behind this fire is climate change. Besides that, many people had to leave their homes. To add to the misery, their displacement led to further problems for the government settling them down and taking care of their needs.

These wildfires have lasted for 105 days longer than those happening 45 years ago. Not only we are showing extreme human behaviors but also experiencing nature’s furious response to climate change.

  1. The 3rd Hottest Year

The year 2017 is the third hottest year after 2016 and 2012. These rising temperatures increase power consumptions leading to greater demand for electricity. The torturous heat levels are dangerous for all living things including humans, animals, and the plants. Therefore, we need to do something about them in a productive way without bringing egos into the matter.

  1. From Disaster To Displacement

People forced to leave their homes due to these environmental challenges fled to the neighboring cities and states. Their rehabilitation becomes government’s priority. If the issue of climate change isn’t addressed properly, it is just more work for the government in the form of restoration efforts and activities.

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