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LETTER: Climate change must be addressed

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Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing the world today. Since the industrial revolution, carbon dioxide levels have increased at an alarming rate.

These high levels of CO2 have affected the global climate and as such the temperature has been steadily rising. Most of the world’s warmest years have occurred in the past 10 to 15 years.

Many facts show that climate change is a real problem that needs to be tackled. Due to the ever-changing climate, the world is slowly losing its ice caps. The Greenland ice sheets lost about 197 gigatonnes of ice in 2019. From 1979 to 2006, (there was) a decrease in the mass of these ice sheets.

The glaciers have also melted before our eyes as the temperature has risen over the years. These glaciers are home to polar bears, penguins, seals, fish, krill and birds, and they live on or under the ice. Their homes, however, are threatened by the melting of these glaciers due to climate change.

Sea levels have also risen due to melting glaciers. Coastal areas are the most affected. When there are storms, the coastline will be the most affected because they will be more intense and powerful. This causes more damage.

The more we ignore climate change, the sooner some of its effects will be felt. Temperatures will continue to rise, and this is due to fossil fuels, so reducing our use of these could have a lasting effect on the climate. Frost-free seasons will start to become the norm and this can have a detrimental effect on plants and animals as well as agriculture and other ecosystems. We could face more droughts and heat waves if the climate problem is not solved.

The future regarding climate change is now bleak because no one is actively trying to change or reduce the causes of climate change. Greenhouse gases are still being released at a high rate.

While there is the Paris Climate Accord, the United States has delayed the agreement a bit. However, even the Paris Agreement does not do enough to stop the most dramatic effects of climate change. Most critics say the deal is not enough to save the earth from some of the worst scenarios involving climate change.

The only way to avoid these worst-case scenarios would be to be proactive on the climate. We need to migrate our carbon footprint, especially that of the wealthy, as they are said to have a carbon footprint at least 175 times that of a low-income family. The implementation of a carbon tax in various industries could force them to switch to cleaner energy to use. These are just some of the things that can be done to help ease the burden of climate change and give us a fighting chance in the future.

Tino Muneri is a student at the engineering school