The terms global warming and climate change are often thrown around and misunderstood as having the same meaning and intent, however, they are actually quite different and should not be confused!
Firstly, let’s define what each term is.
What Is Climate Change
Climate change is the change in weather patterns caused by natural and man-made activities. These changes affect our Earth’s global climate on both the local level and overall level that includes rising temperatures, melting glaciers and increased droughts and desertification.
What Causes Climate Change
Climate change is caused by introducing certain gases into our Earth’s atmosphere that traps heat instead of allowing it to naturally radiate away into space. These gases contribute to the greenhouse effect and force climate change.
The three big greenhouse gases are:
- Carbon Dioxide: This gas is released both through natural processes such as volcanic eruptions and respiration, however, ever since the industrial revolution, our human activities are now the main contributor to its increase. In 2018, 37.1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide has been released into the atmosphere from fossil fuels alone.
- Nitrous Oxide: This is a potent greenhouse gas that is produced mainly from the farming and petrochemical industries. It is produced by the use of commercial and organic fertilizers as well as the production of nitric acid and the combustion of fossil fuel.
- Methane: Especially prevalent in countries that burn coal, natural gas and oil, methane is one of the top greenhouse gases and also result from common agricultural practices and the rearing of livestock.
As climate change gets more severe, the world experiences more extreme weather changes such as hurricanes, heatwaves, droughts and floods.
What Is Global Warming
Global warming is an important indicator of climate change. Global warming essentially is the average increase in our Earth’s global surface temperature, which is steadily increasing ever since human activities have been contributing to climate change.
In fact, global temperatures have been increasing at the fastest rate in recorded history over the past 50 years due to the globalisation and modernisation of our world and economy.
How Global Warming & Climate Change Is Affecting Our World
While we can all feel temperatures increasing in our daily lives, especially if you live in a tropical country, there is shocking documentation of climate change’s adverse impact on our world.
- The melting of mountain and ice glaciers across the globe as well as the shrinking of the ice sheets in the arctic and Antarctica.
- This melting of the ice sheets is causing a rise in sea-levels of around 3.2 millimetres a year. Causing many cities like Venice and locations like the Maldives to be under threat.
- Natural effects such as storms, hurricanes, floods and droughts will become more commonplace which would adversely affect human life and our economy.
The Effects Are Felt In Singapore Too
Climate change and global warming impacts Singapore in a variety of ways that many of us might not realise.
- Challenging the management of our water resources from flash floods to long periods of drought.
- Potentially harming the biodiversity of our garden city. A temperature increase of 1.5 to 2.5 degrees celsius could put the diversity of our animals and plants at risk.
- Increasing the heat effect in both our urban and residential areas. This could lead to health issues especially amongst our vulnerable citizens as well as higher energy requirements and cost by increasing the need for air conditioning.
At iSwitch, We Conducted An Experiment On The Effects Of Global Warming
Being a strong supporter of battling climate change, we decided to turn off all our air conditioning in our offices for a day and to appreciate how global warming can affect not just our comfort but our productivity as well!
Check out our experiment in the video below:
From discomfort to lower productivity and the constant need to physically cool ourselves, global warming is a real concern that will not only affect our Earth in general but also our own personal lives and how we go about our daily lives.
Do Your Part For The Environment With Your Electricity Supply
While we cannot individually directly reduce global warming, collectively we can do our part and make a change!
We can accomplish this by embracing carbon-neutral electricity for our energy needs – and enjoy significant savings off your monthly electricity bill at the same time!
At iSwitch, we help provide you with carbon-neutral electricity at no additional cost, allowing you to account for your energy usage’s carbon footprint, doing your part for the environment automatically.