‘There is a saying in the scientific community that every great scientific truth goes through three phases: First, people deny it. . . Second, they say it conflicts with the Bible. . .Third, they say they’ve known it all along.’– Neil deGrasse Tyson
The presently observed significant upward trend in global atmospheric temperature is heavily influenced and expedited by the release of harmful substances into the atmosphere as a by-product of day-to-day human activity. Likewise, human-caused damage to forest cover plays a big role, as nature’s built-in buffers against harmful greenhouse gases are gradually being neutralized.
Climate change is causing direct and indirect effects on life in both terrestrial and aquatic territories. Take for example the evolving weather patterns that are influencing the growth and behaviour of many land-based plants and animals, not to mention causing more frequent instances of extreme weather such as typhoons and heat waves that tend to harm, if not outright destroy, food supplies. Meanwhile, the oceans are being subjected to acidification and warming, while the rapid melting of permafrost and arctic ice is causing global sea levels to rise and endanger low-lying coastal habitats of wildlife and human communities alike.