Shocking facts about climate change that you probably didn’t know

Posted by Collen on Tue September 1, 2015 in Responsible Tourism & Environmental News.

This is a subject that shows no sign of cooling down, so here some facts about this ever changing world that you may have start observing.

  • Temperatures increase: Average global temperature has climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degree Celsius) around the world since 1880, much of this in recent decades, according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
  • Arctic ice is rapidly disappearing: The region may have its first completely ice-free summer by 2040 or earlier. Polar bears and indigenous cultures are already suffering from the sea-ice loss.
  • Glaciers and mountain snows are rapidly melting: Montana's Glacier National Park now has only 27 glaciers, versus 150 in 1910. In the Northern Hemisphere, thaws also come a week earlier in spring and freezes begin a week later.
  • Rise of sea level: With the changing face of the Earth people will have to move to in order to survive. If the ocean rises by one yard will force 1,000,000 people to move. The scientists predict that the ocean by 2100 will rise by 1 yard. Sea levels will rise by 20 feet if Greenland or West Antarctic Ice Sheets melt and by 40 feet if both melt. This will change the maps as we know them today.
  • Loss of biodiversity: With every tree cut down we lose countless species of animals and plants. If the rate of global warming will be moving at this rate we will end up losing million species. If we take polar bears for example in the past they were heavier, less hungry and much bigger than they are now.
  • Natural disasters: Natural disaster is an effect of earth´s natural hazards – floods, tornado, hurricane, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, heat waves, landslides…. They can lead to massive financial, environmental or human losses.



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