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Global Warming Part 2 – What does Global Warming Affect?

 

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In my first blog i discussed what Global Warming actually is and what it is caused by.
For my second blog, i will be discussing what does Global Warming affect?

Firstly, the name is a dead giveaway. Global Warming warms up the earths atmosphere, but what affects will this have?
After all, if its only a few degrees, it cant do that much harm right? Wrong.

Ill start with the implications of the ocean becoming warmer. Although seemingly harmless, having a warmer ocean will have devastating affects on the earth.
As the earths ocean becomes warmer and warmer, the polar ice caps will slowly deteriorate (which we are witnessing in our age). [1] not only will  this mean hundreds of thousands of animals in Antarctica will die , many species will not be able to repopulate because there is no suitable land to breed on. this has been apparent for some time now, Researcher Bill Fraser has tracked the decline of the Adélie penguins on Antarctica, where their numbers have fallen from 32,000 breeding pairs to 11,000 in 30 years.[4]
As it melts and ocean levels rise, coastlines and low-lying areas are threatened. If the Earth’s climate warms by
2 to 3 more degrees by 2100, global sea level will rise 3 feet, displacing almost 56 million people around the world. [1] As the temperature of oceans rise, so will the probability of increasingly frequent and stronger hurricanes. We saw in this in 2004 and 2005. [2] The implications of such destructive natural disasters and raising water levels will cause hardship and distress for humanity around the whole world.

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The environmental implications of Global Warming as just as severe. many plants will not be able to fruit or even grow in the raised temperatures, this means less food for people and with such a high concentration of population in some area’s this raises serious concern’s. as discussed before when the ocean’s temperature rises this will have implications for many breed’s of fish, and possibly death to a high percentile. The EPA reports that an additional increase of 3.6 degrees F in the global temperature could decrease production of American corn by 10 to 30 percent. [2] this will also raise the prices of food and many will not be able to afford this luxury, creating a new era of poverty in third world countries due to this break in the food chain. [3]


There is also drought to think about, as many mountainous states  rely on getting their water from snowmelt, and once this has disappeared it will cause many issues for many people. countries that lose their sources of water will have no other choice then to be abandoned, leaving many prosperous regions without inhabitence. for regions that are already fairly dry such as Australia  there is huge risks of wildfire spreading  which in the past 20 years, has become an increasingly harsh reality.

I hope this has opened your eyes some what to the serious implications that are going to happen within years to come.
n my next blog i will be discussing Global Warming – The Bigger Picture.

 

References
[1] http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/global-warming-affect-daily-life-2680.html

[2] http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/sciencetech/5-deadliest-effects-of-global-warming/276?image=2#6G73d8JuAYYwsgWs.99

[3] http://library.thinkquest.org/CR0215471/global_warming.htm

[4] http://environment.nationalgeographic.com.au/environment/global-warming/gw-effects/

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