In recent times, thanks to popularization by the media and Mother Nature as well, global warming has become a byword in any serious conversation about current events. With droughts lasting for years together and winters scorching the skin like summer, people have just begun to realize the serious effects of global warming on the climate. But ironically enough, scientists say that the global warming scenario is actually entering a pause. But still events like the drought in California and the overall winter climate of North America continue to occur. So naturally, this has only put both the scientists and the general public in a sort of disarray as to what is actually going around with the weather pattern. This article explains how global warming is affecting the local weather, in what way is exactly slowing down, and if so why the troubles still persist?
The current global scenario
Though there are still a lot of people who actually believe that global warming is a political hoax aimed at reducing the utilization of fossil fuel by the general public, almost every single person who has ever read science in school level has come to the general understanding that global warming is a serious threat. Global warming is a result of number of both manmade and natural agents. But of late, our excessive production of greenhouse gases by burning of fossil fuels and use of aerosols is what that’s causing the drastic acceleration in the effects of global warming. At present, the effects of global warming can be felt in almost every single region of the globe. But technically, the people in the higher latitudes experience the severity more than those in the tropics. The major impact of global warming has been the melting of the polar ice caps, which control almost every single aspect of our survival on land.
How is it coming to a pause?
The heat trapped by the greenhouse gases inside the earth’s atmosphere, disabling it from escaping back into space is what’s really propagating global warming. But, earth by itself has somehow found a way to deal with this problem, without any human intervention. What’s really happening is that the excess radiation that lingers around due to the greenhouse gases is now being absorbed by the oceans and the heat is actually being stored in the ocean floors. This is effectively helping in reducing the rate at which the polar caps are melting. But unfortunately, scientists believe that this adaption by earth is just leading to newer problems.
The side effects of the slowing global warming
The heat that is being absorbed by the oceans naturally comes with a long term side effect as well. Apparently all the heat that is being stored at the ocean depths is affecting the marine life and the ocean currents that influence the local weather changes as well. Due to this excessive heat, the paths of the currents are being altered which eventually results in severe drought and extreme weather changes during the winter. But scientists say that all this is just a beginning, and there might be more side effects to this slowdown than what meets the eye.
The only solution
So as the studies show, global warming may be slowing down, but it still continues to affect us in a number of ways. So the slowdown doesn’t necessarily give us an excuse to increase our greenhouse gas production, it only warns us that this cycle will never come to an end if we don’t reduce our carbon footprint and the production of the greenhouse gases. Climate scientists have a really challenging problem to deal with, as such, thanks to the extremely nonlinear behavior of the earth’s climate. And now with these random effects resulting from the storage of heat in the oceans popping up on their radars, they are just baffled as to what to predict of the future weather. But ultimately one thing is for sure, the rate at which global warming was increasing has been significantly reduced, but our trouble due to it are far from over.