Apr 20, 2017 11:26 AM EDT
Climate change has been a critical issue nowadays. For the past decades, scientists and experts have been on a lookout to stop or somehow slow down the effects of it on the planet. Latest news now reveals some signs of it that could bring out the worst effect of climate change on Earth.
Climate change is a change in average weather condition pertaining to more or fewer extreme weather events. It is often referred to global warming and some natural causes of it are the changes in volcanic activity, solar output, and the Earth's orbit around the Sun. But the greenhouse gas emission just like the burning of fossil fuels is the main human activity that's affecting it also.
And now, recent reports revealed the effect of these greenhouse gas emission that could be a sign of horrible happenings that will come on Earth. According to Phys.Org, for the past three years, methane in the atmosphere have drastically risen up and this is due to the burning of fossil fuels. Methane is a dangerous gas that is 28 times the planet-heating power of carbon dioxide.
Scientists say that there are about five trillion tons of methane hiding in permafrost and seabed deposits and they are concerned that this gas might begin to melt and vent naturally. If ever this happens, scientists believed that Earth's temperature will fire 9 or 10 degrees Celsius up. With this, human and animal will not be able to survive in such condition.
On a separate report by The Guardian, climate change has already displaced many animals on their known habitat. Most of them are moving to cooler places and avoiding the severe heat that's prevailing on their natural habitat.
But aside from animals, plants are also affected by these temperature changes as they could not also survive the heat. With that, production of food might not be enough for human and animals making Earth not fit to live in. Overall, climate change is truly a challenge for living things here on Earth but scientists think that there are still hope to prevent this, with the help humans protecting and conserving the environment.