When Did We Notice Global Warming

It is often said that the world has been facing the effects of climate change for many years now. ‘Global warming’, as this phenomenon has come to be known, is a consequence of human activities that lead to the release of greenhouse gases which trap the sun’s energy and raise the average temperature of the Earth’s surface. But when, exactly, did we start to truly recognize the scope and scale of what this ultimately meant for our planet?

Many experts have argued that the first real signs of global warming originated at the turn of the twentieth century. John Tyndall, an Irish physicist, noticed the increasing power of infrared radiation in the atmosphere as far back as 1859; his experiments noted an increase in the average surface temperature of the Earth and the subsequent melting of glaciers subsequently began to attract global attention.

Thereafter, non-governmental organisations and environmental advocacy groups started to speak out in unison and began issuing warnings to the world’s leaders. These consisted of political lobbying, public education campaigns and legal efforts such as adopting legislations that were designed to limit the human-related emissions of greenhouse gases.

It was not until 1988, however, that global warming began to get widespread attention on an international scale. At that time, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was founded, showing the world that, indeed, governments across the globe had started to become aware and attentive to the growing environmental threat. Shortly afterwards, world leaders met at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro to develop policies and strategies to tackle climate change.

However, the fact that people were still debating the issue of global warming in public forums and on television news programmes showed just how much more we needed to learn and even how much disbelief there was concerning its veracity. This is perhaps not surprising, given that there were a lot of people and organisations making money out of the status quo, who did not wish to interrupt their activities in line with any new regulations and policies designed to tackle climate change.

Specialised research data has disproved myriads of foolish denials of global warming, with convincing evidence from the International Panel on Climate Change, the UN, and Nasa along with to greater or lesser extent, alternative organisations. This has helped, in the years since, to allay the further skepticism and fuelled the growth of a strong global climate change movement.

The implications of global warming are already becoming apparent, with increasing numbers of warnings from organisations such as the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) about the damaging effects of global warming for the planet’s ecosystems and the wider world. Climate change is now accepted fact, with its effects felt in a wide range of areas, crossing the political and geographical boundaries of nations and requiring a concerted effort from everyone to mitigate its effects.

As such, it is imperative that everyone – individuals, companies and governments – considers their own actions and how they can best reduce emissions and strive to become part of the solution rather than be a contributor to the problem. Education and awareness-raising should be in the forefront of efforts, as should working together to develop and support innovative green technologies. Only by taking these measures can we create the necessary conditions for a future that is both sustainable and prosperous for generations to come.

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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