Global warming is an issue that people have been debating for years. It causes many changes in the environment that are negative and the world is changing drastically because of it. We will discuss some serious environmental issues caused by global warming.
Global warming causes many environmental changes that effects the world environment negatively. Here are 10 negative effects of global warming
#1 Melting ice
As temperatures rise in the polar regions, especially the in the Arctic, the glaciers are melting quickly. The snow and ice cannot replenish them fast enough. When the ice melts, there is no where for the water to go except into the seas.
#2 Acceleration in the rise of sea levels
Sea levels are rising quickly as the glaciers are melting. The United States East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico has rising sea levels that are bringing serious risks to low-lying communities. High risk coastal communities are in danger of being submerged by the rising sea levels.
#3 Wildfire seasons are longer
Wildfires have always been a part of nature as nature’s way of replenishing itself. Wildfires are increasing and the season for wildfires is getting longer within the Western United States. This is happening because temperatures are rising. Earlier snow melting in the forests make for a hotter and drier forest bed and this makes for prime conditions for wildfires to start and then spread.
#4 Heat waves are more intense
Heat waves are intensifying and becoming more frequent. Scientists are expecting heat waves to become more frequent and severe as the warming of the globe intensifies. Increasing heat waves creates serious health risks and can result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Existing medical conditions can also be aggravated during intense heat waves.
#5 Extreme weather events are increasing
Extreme weather events are being blamed on global warming. Severe weather events include intense super storms including strong tornadoes, heat waves, coastal flooding, droughts and flooding. More powerful hurricanes are also becoming commonplace.
#6 Severe droughts
Droughts are likely to increase in certain regions. As temperatures rise the prevalence and duration of droughts have increased in parts of the United States. The effects of drought include loss of plant life and humans become more and more dependent on water sources that are not always reliable.
#7 Changing of seasons
It has been concluded that spring is arriving much earlier than it used to. The snows are melting earlier and the reservoirs fill way too early. The water then needs to be released for flood control. This means that plants dry out because of longer seasons.
#8 Food supply disruptions could become one of the major negative causes of global warming
As temperatures rise and climate changes, including intense heat waves and heavier rainfall or severe droughts, the impact on crops and meat are significant. Farmers are having a harder time growing enough crops to sustain the demand. This drives costs up and affects everything from coffee to meat.
#9 Coral reef disruptions
Surface temperatures are rising as global temperatures rise. The elevated temperatures are causing long-term damage to the coral reefs. Damage that is being done is irreversible and is causing marine life, both plant and animals, to disappear.
#10 Abrupt climate changes
Global warming increases the risk of extreme and abrupt climate changes. Ocean pattern circulation or thermohaline circulation is a significant problem should an abrupt change occur.