Published On: Mon, Sep 17th, 2018

11 disturbing developments related to climate change

climate-changeThreats due to climate change have brought the situation to an unprecedented low point; sea level rise, sea ice melting and an increase in higher temperatures are just a few examples. It is a warning that was published in the report 2017 of the World Meteorological Organization. While an ever-declining group of ‘Climate Change Deniers’ still insists that climate change does not exist, the negative consequences are already being felt. It is not just about the deteriorating situation, but also about a number of serious situations that show up.

1. The rise in temperature breaks all records around the world. The 21st century shows the most record breaks in history. Last year was the hottest year since we started recording in 1880. According to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average temperature rose by 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit (0.99 degrees Celsius) compared to the mid-20th century period. This makes 2016 the third year in a row for a new record.

2. There is no serious debate about climate change, despite the seriousness of the situation. Climate change is, however, regarded as the third most serious global problem, behind international terrorism and poverty, hunger and the lack of drinking water.

3. Arctic sea ice and glaciers are melting. In 2017, the Arctic sea reached a record low percentage for the third consecutive year.

4. The height of the sea level rises with the fastest frequency ever, viewed over a period of more than 2000 years with a frequency of 3.4 mm per year.

5. It will not be long before climate change will lead to the first refugee crisis. Forced relocation of people as a direct result of climate change is not hypothetical, it is already happening. Climate change also functions as a 'threat multiplier' in areas of continuous conflict. "Climate change sows seeds for conflict, but it also makes displacement much worse when that happens.

6. For the end of the calendar year, all available resources have already been exhausted in August. "Earth Overshoot Day" is an annual event when the consumption of humanity exceeds the world's production of resources. This annual event takes place earlier and earlier in the year, which is the negative trend. In 2000 it came in October. In 2015 it was 13 August. In 2017 it lands on 2 August.

7. Two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef near Australia has been damaged as a result of "Coral Bleaching". This happens when algae that live in the coral tissue are expelled, usually as a result of too high a water temperature. As a result, the coral loses its lively appearance, becomes white and becomes weaker. Scientists say it will be difficult to repair the damaged coral.

8. The ocean waters have become more acidic. This compares with every other moment in history over the past 300,000 years. The ocean has become 26 percent more acidic compared to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

9. The total number of floods would triple by 2030.

10. There are more quantities of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere than ever before in human history. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached a record high of 400 "parts per million" for the first time in 2015, and in 2016 it returned to new records.

11. The earth would rise with 6 degrees Celsius in this century.

Conclusion
There is a rush to substantially lower the concentration of mercury dioxide. But the temperature of the earth continues to rise as long as one keeps producing greenhouse gases. The estimates for possible temperature rises by 2100 vary from 2 degrees to 6 degrees Celsius.
By Sharnon Isenia, Willemstad Curaçao

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