The Effects of Global Warming on Climate, Crops and Human Health

Global warming is a serious world-wide problem that individuals like you need to confront and solve. In order to prevent irreparable harm to not only the world’s climate, but also societies’ agriculture and your health, these devastating effects of global warming need to be dealt with now.

There are many hazardous effects of global warming. Worldwide temperatures are steadily increasing and, as a result, record heat, intense floods and droughts, and food shortages have already hit many areas. You, your family, and your friends need to do your part to prevent our planet from becoming unlivable in the near future.

Dangerous Changes in
Climate are Coming

The most noticeable of the global warming effects, climate change is already taking place and has been for many years. There are two major ways that global warming is affecting the climate:

  • Alarming rise in sea levels predicted: The average temperature of the Earth has been on a steady uphill climb ever since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, when societies began burning fossil fuels for energy. This greenhouse effect is melting the polar ice caps at an alarming rate. Some experts believe the Arctic could be ice-free within five years [1], raising sea levels by several feet worldwide and putting a huge damper on your next beach vacation.
  • More catastrophic weather events: In 2008 alone, more than 220,000 people lost their lives [2] from natural disasters. Hurricanes, as well as droughts, floods, wildfires, and heat waves, have become more common all over the world, wreaking havoc on your everyday life.

Global Warming’s Effects on
Your Country’s Agriculture

With the impact of global warming’s effects, agriculture becomes increasingly difficult. Farmers will find it hard to grow crops in the face of droughts and other natural disasters. Will you be able to eat the same foods you’re used to eating? What will happen to the world’s food supply?

  • Diseases and fungi will attack crops, lowering quality and production. Without the normal cold spells, diseases and invasive species will spread more easily, affecting more of our world’s food supply. Farmers will either have to sell the food as is, or spray it with harmful chemicals that may hurt your health.
  • Natural disasters will destroy existing crops. Flooding, drought, and hailstorms are just some of the problems farmers will have to deal with more often as global warming worsens.
  • Once abundant foods may disappear or become more expensive. The destructive, frequent natural disasters, combined with a swelling world population, will lead to an increased demand for staples like rice, maize, and wheat. This will cause food shortages and dramatic price increases around the world.

Global Warming Will
Harm Your Health

The effects of global warming on your health could be devastating:

  • You won’t be able to eat healthy foods. As global warming wreaks havoc on our crop production and food supply, there will be less of a selection of good fruits and vegetables in your local grocery store.
  • Diseases will take over your hometown and become uncontrollable epidemics. Malaria is spreading as the climate shift causes disease-carrying mosquitoes to move to new, different areas, and other diseases you may have thought were eradicated are reappearing. Also, new diseases are showing up in the human population more and more. Many people may die before we find cures.

Can You Do Anything About
These Horrible Effects?

These global warming effects may seem dire, but you have more power to fight these effects than you realize.



Sources:


[1] Arctic Summers Ice-Free ‘by 2013′

[2] Natural Disasters ‘Killed Over 220,000′ In 2008


Author: Brown, Nathan. A Cooler Climate, 2008.

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