Did you know that the Earth’s average temperature has risen over one degree Fahrenheit in the past century? It might not sound like much, but think about it this way:
A one-degree rise in your body temperature can lead to a fever. Five degrees can land you in the hospital.
So guess what? Our Earth has a fever. And scientists believe Earth’s temperature could rise by 3 to 10 degrees [Fahrenheit] this century.
For one thing: Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. They raise the temperature by trapping heat. And warmer temperatures mean -- you guessed it -- less snow and ice. As they melt, what’s left behind are darker patches of land and water. And guess what dark colors do? Here's a hint: Ever try wearing black clothes to the beach? Not a good idea. Black absorbs more sunlight, thus emits more heat, and makes you warmer. Not good. For you or the Earth.
Here are some other possible symptoms of planetary fever:
- Shrinking glaciers
- Shifting plant and animal ranges
- Sea level rise
- More intense heat waves
- Stronger hurricanes
Experiencing any of these symptoms? It’s time to seek attention right away.
Remember: the planet you save may be your own.