How Long Has Global Warming Been

Global warming is the phenomenon of climate change occurring as a result of human activity and is a major environmental concern. While the effects of global warming may have been present for centuries, it is only in the past few decades that the scientific community has started to give serious attention to the issue, leading to heated debates, innovative strategies to mitigate its effects and worrying predictions for the future.
Our planet has a natural heating process, and temperatures have fluctuated over the centuries, taking us through ice and warming ages. However, it is the rapid increase in global average temperatures since the industrial revolution that has sparked concerns.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the average global temperature posed little concern for the world. The average temperature at the time was around 5.4°C. By the second half of the century, it had increased marginally and was hovering around 5.5°C. Scientists observed a gradual yet significant temperature rise as the world crept into the 20th century, reaching a point where it was on par with the increased temperature average at the start of the 1800s. This increase could be attributed to the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of human activity such as burning fossil fuels and other industrial processes.
With the rise in global average temperature and the high concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, worries about the potential damaging effects of global warming were mounting. Scientists predicted a 1.4-2.8°C increase in the global average temperature over the course of the 21st century. Their analysis showed that this could be the tipping point leading to serious consequences, including declines in species populations, an intensification of weather phenomena, such as hurricanes and floods, and large-scale famines, if it were not addressed.
In order to respond to these predictions, governments began an international process of negotiations to reduce global emissions and unite to protect our planet. Representatives from over 160 countries assembled at the United Nations to work towards reaching a globally binding agreement on a set of rules to ensure that all countries would make efforts to reduce their emissions.
The Paris Climate Accord, the first major agreement to emerge from the negotiations, was the result of this process. This agreement marks an important milestone in the history of global warming, as it is the first time that world leaders have united to address the issue in a meaningful way. However, it also serves as a reminder of the long journey ahead.
Recent news reports suggest that our predictions may have been too optimistic, as most climate emission targets will not be met by the target date. We now face the challenge of reversing the effects of global warming and the world is likely to face deep economic impacts if it fails in this endeavour. It is thus essential that governments, businesses and individuals join forces to lead the way towards a more sustainable future.
Global warming has become a serious issue for the entire planet and it is essential that we all do our part to reduce its impacts. We must consider the long-term consequences of our actions and focus on developing strategies to cope with the challenges posed by global warming. We must take responsibility for the damage we are doing to our environment, recognise the effects of global warming, and take urgent action to protect our future.

We encourage those with the power to make a difference, to do their part in tackling this global environmental crisis by spreading awareness, developing innovative solutions, and investing resources in research, sustainable energy and other climate-friendly practices.

Ernestine Warren is a passionate environmentalist, author, and advocate for the protection of the Earth's precious resources. She has written extensively on the causes and effects of global warming, providing accurate information to help educate people on how to combat this major global problem. With a background in science and biology, Ernestine has the tools to help develop solutions that meet everyone's needs while minimizing environmental damage. Her hope is that each person can do their part for the planet and make a real difference to help reduce climate change.

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