Climate change has been constantly demonized and painted as the villain for the past couple of decades. It melts beautiful, glorious Arctic sheets and glaciers, which in turn cause floods, which in turn not only destroy people’s homes, but also leave them without a clean water source, or even cause drought, leaving farmers without the needed resources to tend to their crops.
Climate change also destroys the animals’ habitats, causing them to migrate to places where they either can’t properly adapt to the new living conditions, or they find the new habitats much too welcoming and comfortable and drive other local species into extinction.
The phenomenon is closely linked to pollution, especially air pollution, which on top of affecting the environment, can also have serious negative effects on our health.
Who ever stopped to think that climate change of all things could also be doing something good for our planet? But it turns out that it does.
A new study has found that the African area of Sahel, which borders the Sahara Desert, has seen a much needed increase of four (4) inches in rainfall per year in the recent past. Scientists credit greenhouse gasses and global warming for the happy incident.
The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, informs that the area of Sahel was labeled as having chronic drought that has killed thousands of people in the past and even prompted a Live Aids concert in 1985.
Pat Michaels, a Climatologist, gave a statement saying that “Scientists have known for fifteen (15) years that the Sahel was greening up and desertification was reversing there” since all the CO2 in the air makes it much easier for plants to grow.
The problem is that the threats posed by greenhouse gases are many, and most of them put every living thing on the planet in grave danger, while the benefits are few, and so they often get overlooked.
Other such benefits have been documented over the years. In India, ICAR agricultural scientists conducted a study on coconut plants and high yield in the early 2000s and reached the conclusion that global warming actually helped high coconut yield.
But even though there happen to be some clear benefits to global warming, experts on the matter agree on the dangers and stress that the phenomenon does more harm than good and that serious steps needed to fight it should be taken sooner rather than later.
If we fail, global warming will most likely cause several island nations to erode, successfully removing them from the face of the Earth.
Not only that, but the planet’s temperature has already risen by one point seven (1.7) degrees since the 20th century, and UN scientists warn that it will keep rising by two pint five (2.5) or five point five (5.5) degrees somewhere over the next century, which in turn will affect food production in nefarious ways.
Buwen Dong, co-author of the study, did admit that in order to have relevant climate models, the team of scientists will now have to repeat their study.
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