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Oil companies were aware of the risk of global warming much earlier than us

You may have noticed lately that withoutwarnings of scientists about the inevitability of global warming does not pass a day. The temperature on our planet is indeed gradually increasing, and this phenomenon already has consequences. For example, off the coast of Australia, one can already observe a decrease in the number of healthy algae and evergreen mangroves. It might seem that humanity was worried about climate change only in the early 1990s, but it turned out that they had thought about this problem at the beginning of the 20th century. Judging by the articles in American magazines of the 1960s, some companies polluting the environment have been aware of the problem for a long time, but continued their activities without doing almost anything to protect nature.

People worried about global warming much earlier than thought

In any case, she told about all thisHuffPost edition with reference to clippings from old magazines published in the Climate Files database. Old business magazine numbers were found by engineer Chris Cherry of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. In particular, he found the issue of the mining industry magazine Mining Congress Journal of August 1965, which published an article on air pollution. It was authored by James Garvey, the head of Bituminous Coal Research, an air purity testing company.

The title of the article. published in the Mining Congress Journal

When did global warming become known?

At the beginning of his article, James Garvey is one offirst addressed the issue of carbon dioxide emissions, which can cause the greenhouse effect. He mentioned that by the time this article was being written, evidence already existed that burning fuel like coal significantly increases the amount of carbon dioxide in our planet’s atmosphere. Even then, he warned that if carbon dioxide is released into the air at the same rate, the Earth’s climate will suffer great changes.

Rising planet temperatures can causethe melting of the polar ice sheets, which, in turn, will lead to flooding of many coastal cities, including New York and London, - concluded the author of the article.

Engineer Chris Cherry, who discovered the article, wassurprised by the accurate forecasts of the author. Indeed, the ice cover of our planet suddenly began to melt with greater intensity. This is especially noticeable in the example of Greenland - in July 2019, the island's ice cover lost about 160 billion tons of ice. Melting ice can fill the North Atlantic with fresh water, which can cause severe storms. In addition, fresh water can affect the lives of many animals.

Do you know which seas can disappear from the face of the earth?

On top of all this, melting glaciers canraise the level of the world's oceans. After a few hundred years, this can really lead to the fact that some coastal cities will be under water. Without a doubt, greenhouse gases and a gradual increase in temperature will negatively affect our health - if no measures are taken to eliminate the effects of global warming, the world can indeed be destroyed by 2050.

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A definite plan to prevent globalwarming at the moment does not exist. Some conservationists suggest planting thousands of trees that can absorb carbon dioxide, but recent research has shown that trees can only harm us. Instead of planting forests, it is also suggested that the restoration of a population of whales, which are able to save our planet with a higher probability than trees, be proposed. Only now will such a method be really effective, scientists have yet to find out.