If you use the internet, watch television, or listen to the radio, you may already be familiar with global warming. Global warming is an important issue that is widely discussed and debated, all around the world.
Global warming is a phrase that is used to describe the increase in the earth’s temperature. This rise in temperature is attributed to an increase in greenhouse gases. As important as it is to know that global warming is, it is also important to know the dangers that surround it. After all, many Americans will not take steps to combat global warming unless they know for sure that it is real and poses a serious threat.
As for the threat that global warming poses, you will find that there is likely to be an increased risk of diseases and illnesses. This is because mice, insects, and other rodents will be able to notice a change in the environment, namely their local temperatures and surroundings. This will likely cause many to migrate to areas that may have previously been deemed uninhabitable. After all, why wouldn’t they move, especially if the weather conditions were perfect for doing so? Unfortunately, this is likely to lead to a spread of disease. Although most of these diseases will be treatable, it may cause concern, especially when diseases and other health related issues impact areas previously left untouched.
Coastal flood is another one of the many dangers that can and will likely be associated with global warming. Although we are noticing an increase in sea level right now, coastal flooding isn’t likely to be a significant problem for a few years now, but that still doesn’t mean that it should be ignored or pushed to the side. Global warming is playing a role in the melting of glaciers, snow and other ice masses. This melting will cause a significant rise in sea level overtime; thus leading to coastal flooding. If the costal flood is as bad as anticipated by many scientists and computer weather models, there is a good chance that billions of individuals will be displaced, all around the globe.
In addition to the melting of glaciers and other large ice and snow masses, many locations will likely receive smaller amounts of snow and ice during the wintertime, if they even do receive any at all. This may have an impact on the activities that humans are able to participate in and it may have a significant impact on the economy, both locally and nationally. Of course, it is important to remember that global warming not only causes the temperature to rise, but it also causes erratic weather. So, it is common for one area of the world to receive little to no snowfall, while another area, at the same time, may be buried under two feet of snow.
As previously stated, coastal flooding is one of the many dangers associated with global warming. With that in mind, so are droughts. In areas on unaffected by coastal flooding and in areas where the temperature continues to rise, rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds are likely to dry up and possibly at an even quicker rate of speed. Severe and widespread droughts and water shortages can have a huge negative impact on our way of life and economy. Farmers rely on water to grow their crops and humans rely on water, as well as a farmer’s crops to survive.
Perhaps, the most horrific danger that may result from global warming is the panic that will likely set in. How would you feel or react if you one day saw your costal home flood? If you were lucky enough to survive the flood or if you lived farther inland, you may still have your home, but a drought may result in a shortage of food and water. How you would react to news that diseases previously not seen in your area were invading it? There was a good chance that panic would set in almost immediately. If global warming cases the changes that are being predicted, such as the ones outlined above, widespread panic is almost a certainty.