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Sweltering Sydney To Freezing Florida, What A Time To Be Alive

We know for a fact that 16 of the 17 warmest years have all been in this century and that 2017 was the second warmest year on record

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Unless you are that oblivious man presiding over the White House, you probably do acknowledge the concept of climate change! A plethora of recent astonishing instances demonstrate that the world we live in today is certainly undergoing rapid physical changes, and the least we can do is be aware and further educate the people in our vicinity.

  • Sydney was the world’s furnace on Sunday afternoon. According to the bureau of meteorology, the highest temperature clocked in at a mind-boggling 47.3 degrees Celsius in the Penrith, NSW making it the warmest place on Earth. One would have certainly not wanted to go down under on Sunday!
  • Another marvel of climate change was witnessed in Tallahassee, Florida. In a first of its kind in nearly three decades, Floridians witnessed snowfall and were understandably flabbergasted. Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum recently tweeted the following, “Snow in Florida’s Capital City, Wait…This could be bad for our brand”.
  • Winter Wonderland or Barren Wasteland? Commonly and correctly dubbed as the ‘Nation’s Icebox’, the city of International Falls, Minnesota, in the last week of 2017 experienced an unprecedented mercury plunge to an astounding 37 below the zero (-38 degrees Celsius). Meanwhile, the rancorous ‘Bomb Cyclone’ has brought havoc to The Big Apple. The city experienced record low temperatures this past weekend and as a result, multiple casualties were reported.

The University of Oklahoma’s meteorology professor Jason Furtado rightly said, “Weather is like a person's mood, which changes frequently, while climate is like someone's personality, which is more long-term”. As a student of liberal arts, I have espoused a holistic understanding of the phrase ‘climate change’. Undoubtedly, our planet is experiencing some unparalleled weather conditions and the set of reasons for this phenomenon is something that one should really ponder about. There is a plethora of reasons that can be listed as the driver of climate change. However, it is necessary to be aware about the most pertinent ones. We know for a fact that 16 of the 17 warmest years have all been in this century and that 2017 was the second warmest year on record. According to the online data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, sea level rise had accelerated rapidly in coastal Florida between 2011 and 2015. NASA states that amount of methane (a strong greenhouse gas) in our atmosphere has been on the rise ever since 2006. Be it our constantly heating planet, the ever-rising sea levels or the abundance of greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere, all these drivers of climate change can somewhat be tracked back to stem from human activities. Not to say that we are malevolent beings, but science certainly tells us that we’re driving climate change and there is certainly no dearth of gloomy content on the web that suggests that we are killing our planet. Therefore, I feel that neither a pessimist nor an oblivious optimist; one should strive towards being an informed citizen of this planet.

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Ashwin Malik

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