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Climatic Changes – Current Global Trends & Our Future

Climatic Changes – Current Global Trends & Our Future

The current trends of global warming can be quite dispiriting. We have witnessed some of the wildest and most extreme weather and climatic events in the year 2013. The records have shown that in 2004, 252 million people were affected by climatic disasters, 96% of them were from the developing countries.

The weather pattern changes that we are observing today are only due to a degree or two rise in global temperature. If the trend continues, we will be facing more devastating consequences in the future. As the global temperature rises, we will be facing more serious consequences. Scientists predict that as the green house gases continue to increase, the polar ice caps will melt causing sea levels to rise. As a consequence, countries close to the coastal area and low lands will go under water. There are more serious and deadly consequences that environmental scientists are warning everyone about. We will discuss the 10 most fatal consequences of global warming below.

Consequences of the global warming

 

fires-increasing1. Forest fires are more common in the USA today

 Forest fires or wild fires are becoming more common today and causing more damages in the residences and surrounding areas. Today, forest fires are becoming more common because the ice melts quicker in the winter due to global warming. Droughts and lack of moisture in the far Western American States, such as California, is also a reason for wild fires.

2. Arctic plants are experiencing a boom in growth

Arctic plants are experiencing a boom in their growth. This is due to rapid melting of arctic ice during spring. This has serious global consequences as the plants grow; they tend to break up arctic rock and ice formations and causing cracks in the rocks. Melting ice form between the cracks will further cause damage and erosion to the arctic ice caps, so this will speed up the ice melting process.

3. Animals are being forced to change their natural habitats

Global warming is forcing plants and animals to change their normal behaviors. Some animals, such as squirrels are being forced to move up to higher altitudes due to global warming. Polar bears, which rely heavily on arctic snow, are starving during the summer because they are unable to hunt due to the ice cap melting. Other plants and animals are also going to dramatic extents to cope with the rapid changes around the globe due to global warming.

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4.   Lakes in arctic region are disappearing

Melting of permafrost has caused arctic lakes to deplete. By comparing satellite pictures from the 1970 and the current ones, it has become e evident that despite the increase in precipitation, thousands of lakes in the arctic region and Siberia have disappeared. It proves the thawing and breaching of permafrost, which is causing the lake water to drain into the subsurface.

5.  Rise in natural disasters

We are now experiencing more forceful natural disasters due to global warming and pollution. Disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis and floods are hitting us with more strength and more frequently than ever before, due to global warming, change in weather patterns and thawing of underground ice.  The rain water in many places contains more acids in it. Some of the historical monuments and establishments may become damaged through acid rain, wind and rapid corrosion.

What can you do to reverse the climatic change?

You might be thinking as an individual that there is not much that you can do to minimize or reverse the negative global impacts. However, if we all practice sustainable ways to minimize carbon emotion, we could significantly reduce our negative impacts on the environment.  Here are few steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprints and bring emissions to safer levels.

·   Reduce burning of fossils

The most difficult challenge that we are facing today is to find a cleaner and safer source of energy source that would not emit carbon as much as fossils. Oil is an essential element of our economy, which also plays an important role in our food, shelter and transportation. Finding alternate for oil is not that easy. But we could slowly reduce our dependency on fossils.

·   Infrastructural changes

Buildings use up about one third of the energy produced worldwide. 43% of all fossils burnt is used to provide energy for the buildings. Using better insulation and minimizing energy wastage such as using energy efficient appliances and better insulation on walls, doors and windows can reduce significant among of energy wastage.

·   Simple changes in lifestyle

Making simple changes in your lifestyle can reduce the negative impacts on the globe significantly. for example use energy efficient appliances, use smaller cars, drive less, move closer to your work or school, use public transportation whenever possible, and so on.  Your lifestyle could also be more environmentally friendly if you use more eco-friendly products, stop racing on the streets with your gas guzzling sports car, and stop leaving your lights or heat on when you leave the house.

Be efficient

The current globalsnowdropl trend today is to produce more with less. Companies are looking for ways to invest less and make more profits, employ less people and get more output, and use less energy to get more results. The need for more energy efficient things and more efficient people will be the trend for the future.

Today, we are facing serious consequences around the world due to our actions that depleted the environment and caused severe consequences. Our combined efforts may effectively reduce our global impacts and help us reverse the negative global effects that are causing major global issues, such as sea level rise, ice cap melting, climatic disasters and so on. Our future depends on how we act today and what we do to change our current trends of negative global impacts.

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Government Records Of 2013 Most Extreme Weather & Climatic Events

Government Records Of 2013 Most Extreme Weather & Climatic Events

The year 2013 was really full of weather deviations from the usual, when we saw some of the record high temperatures and low temperatures, droughts, floods, and so on. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weighed in on this phenomenon on Wednesday with a list that shows 2013’s Significant Climate Anomalies and Events. 2013’s  Significant Climate Anomalies And Events. The report has also put certain weather occurrences into historical perspective, suggesting that the rise in global temperatures is giving rise to such extreme weather events. For example, NOAA has ranked 2013 as the fourth warmest year on record since 1980. Here are some of the most significant weather events of 2013 as appears on the NOAA report

1.Drought conditions get worse in the far West America

California faced its driest drought last year while Oregon has reported its fourth driest year on record. Despite the improvements in the central and south east regions of the United States, the conditions in the American West continue to get worse. California being one of the largest agricultural states in America, the consequence of drought can be devastating, and there seems to be no relief soon from drought in the near future according to National Drought Mitigation Center  located at the University of Nebraska.

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2. Tropical cyclone Haiyan hit land with record strength

Haiyan, hitting the Philippines in 2013 has been one of the strongest one in history with 190 miles per hour winds and have been reported to have killed 5,700 people in the Philippines. United Nations have estimated that 11 million people have been affected by the tropical cyclone.

3. Recorded highest temperature in Australia

An average rise of 2.16 degree Fahrenheit was recorded nationwide in Australia in the year of 2013. In the past, Australia was being plagued with severe Millennium Droughts for the past decade, which had spread all over the country. It was note worthy because every state in Australia was observing an average rise in temperature, which also caused several wild fires sweeping through the New South Wales, destroying some 200 properties.

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4  Heavy rain in China and Russia

China saw one of its heaviest rains falls in 100s of years. It has been reported that the rainfall in one of the towns in china in a day was almost half of its annual rainfall. Russia had the worse flood and precipitation in 140 cities 120 years in 2013. According to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report there will be more spots around the world that will experience similar bursts around the world throughout the next century.

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5  Coldest spring in the United Kingdom since 1962

Record amounts of snow fall have been observed in the northern regions of United Kingdom in late march of 2013. This can be traced back to the severe 2012 European cold wave resulting hundreds of people to freeze to death in the United Kingdom.

6 Arctic and Antarctic sea ice melted more than usual

The Antarctic reached its second smallest sea ice extent in the year 2013, and the Arctic reached its six smallest sea ice extent on record during this melting season. The sea ice extent was still pretty small during the growth season, a record of sixth smallest point since it has been 1997 when the record keeping began. Meanwhile, the Antarctic reached its record largest in the year 2013 in its growth season. That should come as a little surprise to those who felt the Arctic chills this year.

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