BOSTON (CBS) – The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Since then, the average U.S. temperature has warmed by 2.4 degrees Fahrenheit. In the city of Boston, the temperature has warmed by 1.4 degrees. Climate change describes a change in average conditions like temperature and rainfall over a long period of time. You may just say our world is getting warmer. Sure, but why? And why is that bad? And how do you explain it to kids? READ MORE: Alleged Carjacker Stole Vehicle During Test Drive, Shrewsbury Police Say Let's start with the basics. To power cars, homes and businesses, we burn coal, oil and natural gas. These resources are called fossil fuels. These fossil fuels release an invisible gas into the air like carbon dioxide, called Greenhouse Gasses. Now, there is a very protective shield around Earth called an atmosphere and it wraps around earth like a blanket. These Greenhouse Gasses get trapped and make this blanket thicker, causing our world to warm faster. The blanket is too thick, which hurts plants, animals and humans. READ MORE: AG Healey Says Public Employees Should Be Required To Get Vaccinated So we need to make small changes to have… Read full this story
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