Effects of Climate change
From what we have studied so far, you will notice Climate Change is an effect of Global warming. Global Warming also causes other things to happen that is not related to climate change.
Let’s see these 4 good reasons.
Global warming causes thermal expansion of land and water. It also causes ice sheets to melt in icy regions of the world and mountain tops.
Large volumes of melted ice (water) then flows down into streams, rivers, lakes and seas. The result is rising sea and water levels, causing floods and massive destruction to low-lying towns and cities along water bodies. More on risisng sea levels here
Research shows that global sea level rose about 17 centimeters (6.7 inches) in the last century, and the rate in the last decade is nearly double that of the last century. —Source: climate.nasa.gov
Changing climate may also cause the weather to become more extreme, be it droughts or violent storms and heavy rain.
Extreme changes in temperature makes people suffer breathing difficulties, head aches, body rashes and other illnesses.
Climate change also distorts the natural habitats and lives of many plants and animals. For example, the survival of polar bears and penguins in icy regions are in danger, as they cannot survive anywhere else. Other plants and animals in hot regions will die if temperatures suddenly become too cold for them.
Did you know...
The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have decreased in mass. Data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment show Greenland lost 150 to 250 cubic kilometers (36 to 60 cubic miles) of ice per year between 2002 and 2006, while Antarctica lost about 152 cubic kilometers (36 cubic miles) of ice between 2002 and 2005. —Source: climate.nasa.gov
Changing climate also causes water bodies to dry out. There is also dryness that causes droughts, bush fires and many water and land animals will die as a result.
The ripple effect of all the effects above is quiet overwhelming. Now, lets see what we can do about it...