We have all been talking about climate changes and global warming for a long time now! But, every single time this discussion takes place; very few people follow the necessary steps to control the damage that is being done to our planet. Over time, climate change has become much more complex than we could ever imagine. It is not just about the Disappearing Icebergs in the seas, the wildlife species going extinct or the severe weather conditions. Today, let’s understand how severe and frightening a simple climate change can be for our planet and the existence of human life in it. Here are a few conditions that have been caused due to climate change.
NEW AND DEADLY DISEASE OUTBREAKS
If your memory serves you good, you will surely recollect the number of new diseases that have spread and are still spreading across the globe. The H1N1 virus, coronavirus, anthrax, and many more deadly diseases and viruses have caused the death of thousands of people across the world. These outbreaks have changed the way we look at our life.
Spread from animals to humans and transmitted from human to human, these bacterial and viral diseases give us just a glimpse of what we should prepare ourselves in the coming future. With the change in climate, even the diseases caused by the viruses and bacteria that were dormant due to the permafrost will get activated and spread across the world.
INCREASED AIR TURBULENCE IN FLIGHTS
Turbulence in flights has become a common thing these days. They are caused due to the fast flowing air current in the sky which pushes the air mass around, disturbing the weather pattern. Thus, with the change in climate, the atmosphere gets warmer, causing jet streams to move faster and hence making the atmosphere more susceptible to air turbulence. According to a study performed in 2007, the Turbulence in flights has increased to 90% from a mere 40% since 1950.
TILT IN EARTH’S AXIS
The shifting mass on the planet’s surface has caused the change in the earth’s axis. The melting of the ice sheets in Greenland along with the other places that contribute to earth’s mass, have all caused the change in the planet’s spin. It is believed that Earth’s axis of rotation has changed by about 34 feet. The change may be small and has probably no effect on the weather, navigation or agriculture, but it is something that we cannot turn away from.
FREQUENT AND STRONGER EARTHQUAKES
How is climate change related to earthquake? Based on studies, it is known that storms and earthquakes are caused due to the warming of climate. Reduced atmospheric pressure characterizes huge storms. The altered pressure causes a disturbance in the earth’s crust. This atmospheric pressure can be caused due to melting of ice sheets, changing air pressure in the sky that lead to changing weather conditions which ultimately affect the crust of our planet and leading to earthquakes. With the passing time, not only is the frequency of earthquakes increasing but also their strength.
INCREASED NUMBER OF VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS
With the glaciers melting across the world due to the changing climate, more of earth’s mass is getting space to breathe. This is affecting the magma flow in the earth’s crust, allowing it to appear from between the gaps and voids on the earth’s surface. This was proved by author Graeme Swindles who studied the volcanic record of Iceland. The report mentioned that the number of volcanic eruptions increased with the simultaneous increase of temperature in the atmosphere.