5 Deadliest Consequences of Global Warming
Global warming is a global phenomenon, which has a number of consequences on the global level. It has various number of effects ranging from atmosphere to the economical, environment as well as life of man. The temperatures are rising on record throughout the world.
Scientists even predict that earth could warm by an additional 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit during the 21st century if we do not reduce the emissions from burning the fossil fuels like oil and coal. This temperature rise can have far reaching consequences on earth’s climate patterns and all living beings. Several of these changes have already begun. The article deals with the 5 devastating consequences of global warming.
Global Warming Consequences
Ice caps are white in color and reflects the sunlight. This sunlight is reflected back into the space and causes cooling of the earth. In the absence of the ice caps, ocean is the only reflector. Darker colors absorb sunlight and contributes to further warming of the earth. The following are a few deadliest consequences of global warming:
- Spread of Disease – As the temperatures rise in the northern parts of the world, the insects which carry disease migrate to the north. They can cause plague and other deadly diseases in northern regions of the world.
- Warm water and more cyclones – Due to the rising temperatures of oceans, there rises the probability of more frequent and stronger storms and hurricanes.
- Intense drought and heat waves – Due to global warming, some areas of the earth will become wetter and others will face drought and heat waves. Europe will face severe drought and Africa will be the worst hit. According to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global warming will worsen the existing climatic conditions and can lead to war and conflicts.
- Economic Consequences – Anthropogenic global warming consequences won’t be good. These consequences effect economy of a country. Typhoons and cyclones damage property worth billions of dollars, diseases cost money for their treatment and control and conflicts worsen these.
Some economic consequences of global warming include –
- Melting of ice caps will lead to rise in sea level. Ice caps, permanent snow and glaciers contain 5,773,000 cubic miles of water.
- As per the National Snow and Ice Data Center, if all the glaciers melted today the level of sea will rise about 230 feet. Fortunately, the sea level will not rise in a go, but it will rise.
- Melting of ice caps can throw the global ecosystem out of balance. The ice caps are made up of fresh water and when they will melt, they will cause desalinization or will make it less salty. Thus, this will overthrow the global ecosystem.
- The rise in temperature and change in the landscape will be dangerous to several animal species in the arctic circle. The most adaptable one will survive.
- Ice caps are white in color and reflects the sunlight. This sunlight is reflected back into the space and causes cooling of the earth. In the absence of the ice caps, ocean is the only reflector. Darker colors absorb sunlight and contributes to further warming of the earth.
The deadliest consequences of global warming is the melting of ice caps. So, what are we doing, what is the solution to save melting ice caps? We welcome your thoughts about the solutions of global warming.