The Philosophy On How Pollution Is Affecting The Earth
Human Emissions Have Gone Up 25% Since Last 1998 El Niño
We’ve always heard pollution is affecting the earth, but what exactly does this mean for our generation and the next to come?
Most people get the basic argument of climate change – that the earth is warming because of increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.
It’s why the government is pushing more strict fuel saving regulations and why the industry is developing new technologies, like the Rentar Fuel Catalysts, to do the cleaner driving with less fuel.
How urgent is this? Well, the earth is not likely to end for quite a few more million years at least. But the clear evidence is that processes that occurred over millennia may be speeding up as a result of climate change.
Simply put, when ice sheets melt in Greenland and elsewhere, the gravitational pull falls in these areas of the planet as the sheer mass of the ice shrinks. The result is that sea level falls in the area where the ice has melted but rises closer to the areas of larger mass.
Isaac Newton’s law of universal gravitation states that all objects in the universe attract one another in relation to their masses and the distance between them. So, as Greenland shrinks, lowering its gravitational pull, the mass of the North America, for starters, will undergo an increased gravitational pull.
The ice sitting atop West Antarctica is incredibly massive – nearly 500,000 cubic miles of ice that is a mile thick in many places. As the Washington Post put it, West Antarctica can lose the equivalent of a Mount Everest worth of ice every two years and barely seem to change.
So West Antarctica, because of its mass, currently pulls the global ocean toward it. The waters climb upward toward the ice sheet and the Antarctic continent in general. But when that mass starts melting, the gravitational pull would relax. The sea level decreases near the ice sheet, spreading out and increasing across the globe.
As a result, areas farther from West Antarctica would get more sea level rise, and North America and the United States in particular might get more than any other inhabited place on Earth.