Scientists have been recording the Earth’s temperatures for nearly 150 years. The weather year starts in July and is recorded until the following July. Each month in this past weather year has reached the highest temperatures in said month’s history. For the first time ever scientists have discovered that global warming, caused by humans, is affecting clouds in a negative way.
New research conducted, by a team from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, shows that clouds are being pushed out of mid-range latitudes towards the poles. As the clouds are pushed towards the poles, temperatures could rise above what they are predicted. Clouds serve many purposes. For one they cool the earth by reflecting solar radiation into space. Clouds also trap heat to prevent it from radiating into space. With fewer clouds, we will experience less precipitation causing arid areas to become more arid. Possible results of the clouds moving towards the poles are storms moving north and south, while deserts become wider. This form of climate change is not something that has just begun. Scientists believe the clouds are being pushed by decades of greenhouse gases from human activity. According to scientist this trend will continue unless offset by a major volcanic eruption. In years to come, the result of this trend will most likely cause severe weather, more often. We cannot move the direction of the clouds, but we can be prepared for the outcome.
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