With all of the press and celebrity attention that surrounds global warming, there is a good chance that you are at least relatively familiar with this widely debated issue. Yes, you may know that the earth’s temperature is rising and you may even know that rise is due to toxins, but do you know the affects that global warming can have on our planet, the economy, and human life in general?
When it comes to global warming, there are many individuals who choose to believe that it is simply a myth or an untrue theory. This is mostly due in part to the affects of global warming. We aren’t currently seeing the horrific consequences that many predictions call for. With that in mind, it is important to remember that many of us will not notice a lot of changes in our weather or our environment right away. We will notice some, but many of the affects of global warming will not be seen for years to come.
As for the affects of global warming that we notice right now, we are beginning to see stronger storms. Of course, we will never forget Hurricane Katrina and the impacts it had on the Gulf Course or even the whole country for that matter. We are also noticing an increase in stronger thunderstorms and more devastating tornados. Although stronger storms may be related to global warming, many are curious as to the numbers. Yes, these storms, especially hurricanes, are decreasing in numbers, but when they do hit, many are causing more damage than ever before.
Another affect of global warming that we are noticing now is the melting of icecaps and other glaciers. While this melting is something that has always been predicted, it is happening at a much faster rate than expected. Many computer models predicted that the melting we are currently seeing today wouldn’t happen for at least five more years.
Droughts are another affect of global warming that many are experiencing firsthand. In the summer and early fall of 2007, many southern states, in the United States, such as Tennessee and Georgia, experienced horrific drought conditions. In fact, these conditions are still currently a problem. Even with water restrictions and bans, many cities, towns, and counties were concerned with the drought and their current state of having water. In fact, many feel that they will run out of water supply soon if a solution is not found.
As for the future affects of global warming, we are likely to see a change in sea and wildlife. In fact, we are starting to notice a few changes now. This is most commonly seen with polar bears and the melting icecaps. Many are finding it difficult to get food, as there is less ice for them to rely on. In the future, many scientists and wildlife experts predict that polar bears will become extinct in certain areas of the world. Until that point in time, we likely notice changes in the ways that polar bears and other animals hunt for food.
Flooding is also a major concern with global warming. To many, however, flooding seems a bit ironic, especially with doubts listed as a global warming affect above. When it comes to flooding, coastal areas are the ones that will see the changes. The flooding predicted is likely to leave many coastal areas unlivable. The rise in waters along many coastal areas is due in part to a combination of factors, including warming temperatures, the expansion of water, as well as the melting of glaciers and icecaps.
As previously stated, it is important to remember that global warming and the affects it can and will likely have on the earth will come in stages. Just because you may not notice significant changes in our weather patterns or the economy right now, it does not mean that global warming does not exist or that it is an issue that we shouldn’t worry about. The good news is that these slow moving stages may give us more time to stop global warming or at least lessen its impact.