What is Global Warming?

Global warming is talked about every time it’s too hot or too cold – but do you even know what it is?


Global warming is when the earth increases in temperature due to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants. Global warming is caused by primary fossil fuel burning, industrial activity, agricultural activity, deforestation, etc. All of these things are causing more wildfires, longer periods of drought, and an increase in the duration and intensity of tropical storms.

“I do think the climate is getting warmer and that will have repercussions on other species including us humans,” said Mrs. Dorazio. “People along the coast already know the affects of global warming.”

Although heavily and politically debated, global warming is one of the main culprits behind climate change, which is when weather patterns shift. It can occur naturally or it can be because of human activity. Climate change mainly happens because of the burning of fossil fuels (like oil and coal) which traps the gasses in our atmosphere.

“There is a lot to show that the earth is changing in good and bad ways,” said Mrs. Mikeska. 

Global warming has increased its pace over the years and has changed the earth probably for the worse. It will most likely worsen as the decades go on if we don’t change what we are doing. We need to invest more in renewable resources like solar panels, geothermal energy, wind, etc. These won’t ever run out and also don’t hurt the environment when we are using them.

Global warming is really harmful to our planet and if we don’t fix what we are doing then it will only continue to get worse as we progress.