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Climate change represents the gravest threat to civilization

Ever think how climate change and rising temperatures could endanger our society and our atmosphere? Climate change is a problem that is not only continental but also universal.

It has been a serious problem for most of the countries in the world. Climate change is the preeminent danger to modern human civilization today. The earth's temperature has risen by 1.4°F in only a century and is predicted to rise 11.5° F in the next decades.

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Rising temperatures have a huge effect on our weather and climate. In the past few years, we have seen how rainfall turns into floods, droughts and intense rain. This also affects the ice caps and oceans as they melt and get acidic, which also endangers water species.

In the past decade, industries have released carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases are like a blanket trapping energy and causing the earth to heat up.

These gases can result in dangerous effects to human health and welfare and to the ecosystems. Carbon dioxide can stay in our climates for centuries and cause health and environmental risk factors, so earth will keep warming up.

The warmer it gets, the greater the risk for more severe changes to the climate. Although it's difficult to predict the exact impacts of climate change, what's clear is that the climate we are accustomed to is no longer a reliable guide for what to expect in the future.

What we do now to reduce the risk factors will count for the future. We can do things at home to reduce climate change simply by replacing your five most frequently used light fixtures or the light bulbs in them with Energy Star qualified products.

When on the road, go easy on the brake and gas pedals, avoid sudden accelerations and unload unnecessary items in your trunk to reduce weight.

Many of these steps can save you money. Some, such as walking or biking to work, can even improve your health.

We can thank the EPA for working to protect the health and welfare of Americans through common sense measures to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and help communities prepare for climate change.

Talha Ahmed, Columbia

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