What is the most important issue facing the environment today?

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What is the most important issue facing the environment today?

We know that the earth is the only planet in the solar system that has an atmosphere and life. This feature makes the earth a unique planet. The presence of liquid water, plate tectonics and an atmosphere which protects the earth from the harmful rays of the sun enable the planet to support life.

But amidst the ongoing changes in the earth's environment, it seems that it is also not going to support life for a long time.

The earth is facing several environmental issues such as global warming, growing population, pollution, deforestation, ozone layer depletion and much more.

All the issues above are creating environmental problems, but global warming is the most serious issues among them.

Global warming, which means gradual heating of the earth's surface, oceans and atmosphere, is due to human practices of emitting Greenhouse gasses. Due to global warming, temperatures of the oceans are increasing tremendously. It also leads to melting of polar ice caps on the surface of the earth thereby increasing sea levels and also resulting in abnormal patterns of rainfalls.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has revealed that the average temperature across the globe has surged by around 0.8 degrees Celsius over the last 100 years.

It is believed that global warming would have far-reaching, long-lasting and devastating for the earth.

Scientists from more than 197 international scientific organizations believe that global warming is real.

Other than causing extreme weather, global warming results in the change in hurricane formations. It is because hurricanes get energy from the variation in the temperature between the warm tropical ocean and the cold upper atmosphere. The variation in temperature is due to global warming.

According to the Environment Protection Agency, as the high levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere are expected to remain high for several years, the climatic changes are likely to continue for many decades.

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Yes, global warming is the most serious environmental issue.

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