RICHMOND, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/18/13 -- Campus California, a charity that aims to assist those impacted by poverty and global climate change, is commenting on a new article that details exactly how global warming will impact the United States. The piece details the very real effects of a changing planet.
In recent years, more Americans have developed asthma and allergies, food and utility prices have risen at a steady rate, and catastrophic weather events like Superstorm Sandy continue to appear in the news. Though global warming was once a concept that sounded very far off, today it is having a real and dangerous impact on the United States. The article notes that these changes will soon impact how Americans eat, work, live, and play.
Over time, the moderate climate of Massachusetts will begin to more closely resemble that of North Carolina, while Illinois will start to mimic the climate of Texas. The famed Glacier National Park in Montana, which draws tourists from around the world, may soon lose the glaciers that made it famous. Over time, the United States as it is today will look drastically different.
Climate change is partially to blame for these developments notes Campus California. Research states that it is increasing the risk and intensity of heat waves, downpours, droughts, and wildfires. While not all of the causes of climate change are clear, burning fossil fuels is certainly a contributing factor. As these shifts in the environment take effect, so do rising sea levels and acidified oceans, which present even more issues for the planet.
Scientists have recently stated that Earth is heading toward the highest concentration of heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions in the last 800,000 years. Though the numbers and facts are startling, not all of it is bad news. With the changes will come longer growing seasons, lower heating bills, and fewer cold-related deaths. The melting of the Arctic Sea ice is enabling trade, tourism, and oil exploration in the Northwest Passage, off of Alaska's coast.
However, on a national level, the negatives probably outweigh the perks of these shifts in climate. A draft report of the third National Climate Assessment released by the U.S. government in January cites peer-reviewed research that notes that the rising demand for cooling will soon outpace the diminished demand for heating, and sweltering summers will lead to additional deaths. Higher rates of production of fossil fuels near Alaska will continue to amplify the issue.
Though Americans will be able to adapt to some of these changes, the continuing rise in global carbon emissions will eventually make it more costly and challenging to adapt, especially in densely developed areas. For this reason, it is important to slow these developments now.
Charitable organization Campus California is actively involved in this cause. In a statement to the press they note, "Campus California's textile recycling efforts have both a local and global affect on climate change. By using the funds raised from recycled clothing and shoes to train participants to live sustainably, those individuals affect their communities through sharing their knowledge of sustainable gardening, rain water collection, and even biofuel production with others living in a rapidly evolving global climate change environment." Campus California provides aid to those in the United States, and around the globe.
Founded in 2000, Campus California provides assistance to those dealing with the impact of climate change and poverty. They provide support for programs aimed at promoting sustainability, and they also work to meet solid waste reduction goals for the state of California.
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