Last year was very rich in natural disasters,
such as the tsunami in Japan, and the hurricane in America. According to
experts, natural disasters across the globe have made 2011 the costliest year on
record in terms of property damage, and that's just six months in.
Just in the
first two months of the year thee were several reports about billions of fish
and birds found dead everywhere, and animals are not everything. There also
were a lot of strong earthquakes with more than 5.0 magnitude.
To talk a bit
more about these thing with the viewpoint of a businessman, the insurance
companies were not in such bad positions for long years. The more catastrophes
there are, the more damage people have on their property, and the more damages
the insurance companies have to pay.
For an example, for the United States, 98 events,
including storms, flooding, fires and earthquakes left 27 billion dollars in economic
losses, more than double the 10-year average of 11.8 billion dollars.
was announced to be the year of the tornado, and according to the reports, it
really turned out to be a disastrous year. While the trend for earthquakes,
tsunamis and volcanic eruptions is fairly stable, severe weather events are on
the upswing, like the higher potential of thunderstorm development in the last
decade, and more dates per yeas during which storms can develop.
Also, there is a climate connection between
Australia’s severe floods and rising ocean temperatures off the coast there.
That means more evaporation and higher potential for those extreme downpours.
This all can be explained by the global warming, of course, which is another
To start this topic from the beginning, I
should explain what is global warming, why it develops and is harmful for the
environment. Basically, it was caused by the different gases the humans produce
with their factories, cars, burning and even with household appliances, like
the refrigerator, or even only with a simple deodorant.
Gases, like Freon start to devastate the
ozone layer part by part, and this is what should not happen. The ozone layer
is like an enormous bubble around the Earth, and it is what keeps most of the
gases, like the oxygen inside. Also, this layer stops the dangerous ultra
violet rays which can burn the skin, or cause skin cancer. Without the ozone
layer we would not be able to breathe, to go out of the house or even to find a
green spot somewhere around, because it prevents the planet from drought.
But not everyone cares about it, as the whole
in the layer keeps growing bigger and bigger, which causes serious problems, as
I mentioned before.
There is another important problem in
connection with the ozone layer case, which we should talk about, too. This one
is the global warming.
Basically it is when we produce several kinds
of gases, like carbon-dioxide, during a day, and some of these gases reflect
from the ozone layer and stuck inside of it. Also, it keeps the heat inside,
too. This way the average temperature raises everywhere. The consequences are
the melting polar ice caps and glaciers, the rising sea and ocean levels,
extinction of animals and more and more species becoming endangered. Global
warming is a very dangerous thing that we should be aware of, or instead we
will be able to swim in our back garden.
Now we can’t always see its marks, but if we
notice them, like the snowless, warm winter in Hungary, we start worrying. This
is the time when we should really talk about these problems and try to slower
the process, because in my opinion it is already too late to stop it. The only
thing we can do is to reduce the rising amount of harmful gases in the air, use
public transport instead of cars, use the renewable energy resources, try to
recycle instead of burning and burying everything in our back garden, and we
can even reduce the deforestation. By cutting out all the rainforests, we don’t
just take away the natural habitat from various species of animals and plants,
but we reduce the natural cleaning of the air. If we just cut the trees out and
don’t plant anything instead of in, in a few decades there won’t be enough
clean air in the earth’s atmosphere. Also, the forest fires are dangerous and
important, too, because they might damage people’s property, too.
All in all, we really should think our moves
over, because seeing the plants blooming in the middle of winter may be a
heartwarming feeling, but it’s 100% not natural and can be a warming sign from