It over 50%. Rising temperatures cause sea levels

It
is no longer a question whether or not climate change is real, instead we must
ask ourselves what we can do to prevent it from worsening further.  Because, according to NASA, the climate
warming trends over the last century have a 95% probability of being a direct
result of human activity since mid-nineteenth century, it is humanity’s
responsibility to forestall further damage. 
Climate change is wholly responsible for rising temperatures, extreme
weather patterns, diminishing glaciers, increased amount of natural disasters,
and rising sea-levels, all of which are detrimental to humanity.  Since the Industrial Revolution, society’s output
of “greenhouse gases,” such as carbon dioxide, water vapor, and nitrous oxide has
changed Earth’s natural atmosphere to allow the sun to have a stronger direct
effect while simultaneously trapping heat inside the atmosphere more effectively.  In fact, a 2015 presentation of the United Nation’s
MDG, states that since 1990, global emissions of carbon dioxide have increased
by over 50%.  Rising temperatures cause
sea levels to rise, a result of land ice melting and seawater expanding as it
warms, sea levels are predicted to rise one to four feet by 2100 in a climate
assessment conducted by NOAA in 2012.  Increased evaporation and precipitation, caused
by rising temperatures, attributes to longer, more intense droughts and
heatwaves as well as heavier precipitation. 
All of these changes also effect plants and animals, rising temperatures
are forcing species to migrate elsewhere and destroying natural habitats.  Overall, the rising temperatures caused by
climate change are unsustainable in the near future.

Efforts
have been made by international organizations to prevent further degradation of
the climate.  The United Nations
Environment Programme helps countries to adapt in the transition to renewable
resources and created a Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the only global effort
to unite governments, civil society, and the private sector in a commitment to
improve air quality and protect the climate.  The Paris Agreement, signed by 195 countries,
while only adopted in December 2015, has already began to fulfill its goal of
strengthening the global response to climate change.  The agreement’s goal to achieve zero net
emissions between 2050 and 2100 is ambitious but, with multilateral cooperation,
achievable.  In fact, already a quarter
of European countries have stopped using coal, and the U.S. made its largest
ever clean energy purchase in the form of a solar power plant in October 2016.  These efforts, despite being progress, are not
enough to completely fix the damage done to Earth’s atmosphere as nonrenewable
resources are still be used excessively.  In order for the exponential effects of
climate change to be interrupted, international cooperation is imperative.  Utilizing a liberalist approach to
international relations, governments would be able to achieve climate change prevention
peacefully and efficiently.  Whereas, a realist
approach would not be effective in regard to climate change, as realist international
politics are competitive and often conflicting.

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As
climate change begins to affect our daily lives more directly, we need to take
action to prevent climate change from worsening.  Allowing the causes and effects of climate
change to be taught in public schools is a major step in changing society’s outlook
on climate change.  School Districts should
be encouraging students to learn how to prevent the effects of climate change
rather than refusing to teach it as part of curriculum; members of the Quakertown
School Board have recently been criticized for refusing to buy textbooks that
explain climate change.  Meanwhile, Quakertown
Borough has information regarding how to conserve water and energy featured on
their website.  In addition, personally
investing in solar panels or other clean energy to fuel individual needs is
helpful in the prevention of further climate change despite being minor.  As a nation, remaining part of the Paris
Agreement would have been beneficial in the prevention of climate change,
however we can still make an effort to reduce the use of nonrenewable resources
by employing clean energy solutions, like solar and wind power, whenever possible.  In the end, any effort towards preventing
further climate change and global warming is progress, the sooner we achieve
international cooperation, the sooner we will be able to successfully combat
the effects of climate change.

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