The effects climate change is projecting on the world
October 26, 2020
Two years ago the United Nation Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated to the world that if we don’t start improving our CO2 emissions we will have irreversible compensation in 12 years. It is like a ticking time bomb.
In 2020 the world experienced its share of the effects climate change can have on the world. There are houses that burned down in California, homes in Florida and the Gulfs that flooded due to numerous hurricanes, species that died due to warming temperatures, and fewer crops produced.
“Although agricultural practices may be adaptable, changes like increased temperatures, water stress, diseases, and weather extremes create challenges for the farmers and ranchers who put food on our tables.” National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Every year farmers have to adapt their growing seasons to fit the temperature and climate of that year. Temperature and climate are no longer consistent every year. Many farmers are no longer able to produce as many crops as they were before due to shorter growing seasons, and extreme weather that can destroy their crops. With less food available the rates of hunger will continue to climb around the world.
Humans first hand experience the consequences of climate change but so are animals. “The ocean absorbs about 30% of the carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels. As a result, the ocean is more acidic than before, affecting marine life.¨ (NOAA) With the ocean water becoming so acidic many species of animals are not able to stay alive. For example the coral reef they can not live in such acidic environments which is why we see them decreasing within the oceans. With species decreasing in numbers, the whole ocean effected. These animals are a part of the food chain. When species die the food change also gets altered which affects every animal within the ocean.
In the summer of 2020 we saw all over the news California increasing wildfires. They are a result of limited rain all which resulted in intense heat and dry land. California experienced intense wildfires for a couple years now, however, they continue to increase in size every year. The leftover ash from previous wildfires also helps ignite new ones when lightning strikes. Lightning is what starts the wildfires . The increase of droughts and dry lightning storms is due to climate change. Bay Area News Group said that this year alone (2020) 31 people died from the wildfires in California.
The worst of climate change effects are still to come if we don´t change the way we live. The writers at NOAA say, “The changing environment is expected to cause more heat stress, an increase in waterborne diseases, poor air quality, and diseases transmitted by insects and rodents.” This will affect the humans of the world by increasing worldwide illness. We´ve seen the power of a world pandemic here in 2020 with the coronavirus. If climate change keeps increasing these worldwide pandemics will become frequent and worsen with time.
The effects of climate change are real and hurting many people and species around the world. As CO2 emissions increase the effects will continue to increase causing harm on the people, animals, waters, and land of the world. However there is time to make a positive change and reverse some of the roles of climate change. It will take a world effort by decreasing the burning of fossil fuels, but it is possible.