Data from NASA depicts that May’s temperatures were the hottest globally, this made May the warmest northern hemisphere spring on record. The news came a day after scientists at the UK Met Office published a research indicating global levels of carbon dioxide had passed the 400 parts per million milestones for good.
According to David Carlson, head of the World Meteorological Organisation’s climate research programme, “The state of the climate so far this year gives us much cause for alarm,”
“Exceptionally high temperatures: May recorded Ice melt rates in March and May that we don’t normally see until July. Once-in-a-generation rainfall events: The super El Niño is only partly to blame. Abnormal is the new normal.”
The environment bears the brunt and impact of climate change. The severe coral bleaching events off Australia, fast shrinking Arctic sea ice and early snow melt are other signs of a fast evolving climate, the WMO observes.
“The strong El Niño – which has now dissipated – fuelled the high temperatures witnessed so far in 2016. But the underlying cause of global warming remains greenhouse gases in the atmosphere due to human activities.”
Addressing the issue of climate change through a sustainable environment requires valuing and improving environmental constituents of physical, biological, and social conditions. Several factors have resulted in the depletion of the ozone layer and global warming in general, due to human activities on earth. If these issues: water, air, soil etc are not addressed, it would result in many dire consequences; more importantly, our health is at risk as there would be an increase in the disease burden and maybe new diseases would arise.
Saving the environment, begins with YOU!