Global warming is a massive natural phenomenon that is threatening the world and our existence. Science believed that global warming and climate change started in the late 1800s. Humans are attributed as the major cause of global warming. Thus, it is our battle to fight against this phenomenon.
Here are 7 troublesome effects of global warming to the world:
According to National Geographic, the world increased its average temperature to 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit since 1906. Since 1895, 2016 was the warmest year ever. A study suggests that a warming of about 0.2 degree Celsius will be felt every decade.
Unexpected weather patterns
Based on a study, hurricanes now are unexpected. They may be less or more frequent. Climate change also intensifies hurricane as global warming increases the temperature difference. It is also recorded that precipitation, both rain and snowfall has increased all over the world.
Melting of the ice
Due to warming, ice melt. According to a 2016 research, less snow cover are experienced in America, Europe, and Asia. There is also 10% less permafrost in Northern Hemisphere. Only 25 big glaciers are left in Montana’s Glacier National Park, compared to 150 before.
Increase in sea level
The melting of the ice will cause a rapid increase in sea level. According to World Meteorological Organization, about 3 millimeters of sea-level increases on average per year. The global sea level had risen about 8 inches since 1870. By 2100, low-lying areas may be covered with water.
More polluted air
The rise in temperature also increases the ground-level ozone, which is produced by cars and industries. Also, when ice melts, methane is being released. These harmful chemicals threaten air quality, which also promotes easier access to certain diseases.
Extinction of plants and animals
Plants and animals, especially their natural cycles are affected by global warming. According to a study, migratory birds and insects go to their nesting grounds earlier than usual. Penguins, polar bears and other animals living in cold temperatures are also affected.
Increase in death rates
Lastly, global warming threatens our source of food and shelter. The loss of food security affects human survival rate. Global warming is also associated with the increase of mosquito-borne diseases, including malaria and dengue.