Can planet Earth continue to help itself?

Can planet Earth continue to help itself?

By Ana Saez Ramirez

The rise in temperatures has been accentuated. Currently there are 5 times more months with record temperature rises. And in parts of Europe, Africa and South Asia up to 10 times more months with record rises in temperatures. On this there is an interesting study published in January 2013 by the newspaper Climatic Change. Furthermore, instead of reducing CO2 emissions, they have increased, which will lead to a temperature increase of 5 degrees possibly in the year 2100; this was published by the Knobel Cable project. With this, the sea level will rise 60% faster than the World Climate Council (IPCC) initially assumed.

The not always foreseeable development of all this worries scientists around the world, since the melting of glaciers, floods, cold drops, floods, droughts and forest fires have to add an amount of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere like never before. There is no doubt that extreme weather situations will increase, and that the human being is the culprit of all this has already been demonstrated years ago. However some skeptics still claim that it is nothing more than the consequence of solar activity, but for the meteorologist and researcher Mojib Latif, Director of the research field of ocean circulation and climate dynamics at the GEOMAR institute in the city of Kiel, the causes of global climate change are clear: “We are currently loading the Earth system in as intense a way as ever before in human history.

We are over-exploiting the Earth, we are expending natural resources such as fossil fuels such as oil and coal at dizzying speed, and this has its consequences. For this reason we are in a new era of the earth, which could be defined as the Anthropocene. This clearly indicates the human origin of this new era. "

Human influence on Earth's ecosystem is as aggressive as ever in Earth's history. Certainly the Earth has overcome meteorite impacts and the reversal of the poles in the past. Therefore, the regeneration capacity of the planet is not questionable, since forests and seas act as buffers, being in the oceans where approximately a third of the CO2 emission is transformed. But is the planet still in a position to help itself? In this regard, Professor Latif stated: 'The problem with climate change is that the Earth's self-healing forces can no longer act, because we do everything too fast. For example, fossil fuels have been created on Earth in a process of millions of years, and we are consuming them in the blink of an eye, and the Earth cannot cushion this. »

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