One such environmental risk in particular is global warming; which occurs when the average temperature of the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere gradually increases. The increase in temperatures, in the oceans and atmosphere are permanent temperature changes that are a result of releasing vast amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere from the continual use of fossil fuels. These possess a risk to the well-being of humans and nature alike. There are not any means of reversing the effects of global warming; however, said effects can decrease.
Also, this article views the increased release of CO2 in the atmosphere along with warmer weather as a benefit for fostering plant growth; which creates a greener planet. This article seems to overestimate the small frequencies and underestimate the larger frequencies in regards to the effects of global warming on the environment. The risk perceptions of these two articles have do not share any forms of comparison and are rather contradictory of one another.
However, there are numerous environmental stressors related to global warming. Such environmental stressors include occurrences and extensions of weather anomalies such as increasingly warm temperatures, heat waves, severe droughts, floods, and storms. Other environmental stressors include pollution effects such as smog, and extensions of fog formations. These are several examples of environmental stressors related to global warming; however, as time passes by more environmental stressors may develop in relation to the long-term effects of global warming. Also, these environmental stressors pose risks to and are detrimental to individuals’ physical and psychological well-being.
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