In the event that you still believe that climate change is a natural phenomenon, check this out: 97% of climate experts agree that global warming is due to humans.

Sorry to disappoint, but the scientific community has basically reached a consensus.

And while that consensus alone should be enough to convince people that climate change is man made, unfortunately, it’s not. Thus, I will delve into a deeper analysis of why climate change is the result of human activity.

First of all, global warming is primarily caused by an overabundance of greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases are compounds that trap heat into the atmosphere, resulting in warmer temperatures than normal.

While there are many different kinds of greenhouse gases, scientists specifically point to carbon dioxide (CO2) as the main culprit. Carbon dioxide is emitted whenever we burn coal, oil, or natural gas.

Take a second to think about all the cars that run on fossil fuels. According to a report released by Wards Auto, there are approximately 1 billion cars on the road today. 1 billion. That’s insane! Take a second to think about how much CO2 that’s releasing into the atmosphere.

But cars alone are not entirely to blame. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research reports that one third of all green house gases can be attributed to agriculture. All the packaging and shipping and processing that takes place just to bring food to your local grocery store results in massive amounts of CO2 emissions.

It didn’t use to be like this. For instance, we know that an increase in CO2 emissions correlates to an increase in Earth’s temperature based on historical data provided by NASA.

But here’s the most disturbing aspect of climate change: if we don’t start doing something now, climate change can reach the point where it’s irreversible. That’s why continuing to believe that climate change is a “natural phenomenon” is dangerous for all of us.

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