By now, you should be familiar with the fact that global warming is effecting our planet in a negative way. Mounds of evidence exist to prove it’s devastating effects and why it’s happening. Greenhouse gases are to blame for the shifting, hotter temperatures of the earth, caused by naturally occurring events, humans, or both. Changes are happening. Time to make some effort to change the way we live. We have determined the worst effects of global warming to give you a better idea on how you can make the best lifestyle decisions.
5) It’s Hotter and Dryer
This is an obvious effect, yet requires further explanation. Temperatures across the globe are seeing increasing temperature, as the core temperature of the earth rises as well. The heat also comes in the form of heat waves. These heat waves contribute to more than heat stroke deaths and dehydration. They also come with wildfires, which the occurrence of those has increased dramatically in the last 3 years. Related to the heat, is drought in certain areas. With drought, you see limited water supply and difficulty with growing agriculture, leading to possible starvation. This problem is especially present in small, secluded villages in parts of Asia and Africa.
4) There’s a Hurricane A-comin’!
On the opposite end of drought, you have those that are dealing with devastating storms and flooding. Hurricanes have increased two-fold since 1985, which makes sense given that hurricanes needs warmer water to gain strength. Flooding and tornadoes are increasing AND causing more damage. Lives are being lost because of these storms, too. There are no signs of these storms slowing down.
3) I’m Melting! I’m Melting!….And Rising!
Where have all the glaciers and ice caps gone? They are melting! The rising surface temperatures are causing them to shrink, and where the ice used to be is now growing plant life. Some areas rely heavily on glaciers feeding into fresh water and providing drinking water to their people. Without the glaciers (that are steadily decreasing every year), the source will be depleted. And what does melting glaciers do to the water levels? They rise! Ocean and river levels are increasing and those areas surrounded by water could see their city life submerged before too long. The salinity of ocean water is affected as well, depending on where the glaciers are melting, and impacting the lives of sea creatures, plants, and coral.
2) I Feel Sick…
You think you are immune to all diseases that have been eradicating from the U.S. and the U.K.? Think again. The recent Ebola outbreak is proof enough that diseases are making a comeback, and here’s why: warmer temperatures welcome creatures like ticks, mice, and other disease-carriers. So the rising temperatures increase the amount of these pests, and it is spreading to places that used to be too cold to house them. A lot of these diseases are LETHAL. Ailments such as allergies and asthma cases are also on the rise, with increased weed growth and smog caused by the warmer temperatures.
1) Economic Storm
If we allow corporations and business to make our environmental policies for us then we will start to see even more problems. Corporations are only motivated by money and profit, they don’t care about any harm that can happen from their actions. In the short term money can be made but in the long term all the catastrophic problems that global warming will create will trickle down into our economy as well. Some have predicted that with global warming our world economies could come crashing down. This is a worst case scenario but one that is completely preventable.