You can find a lot of misleading information about global warming out there, especially on the Internet. But the truth is, scientific evidence shows a direct correlation between our warming planet, and the levels of carbon dioxide that you and your ancestors have put into the atmosphere by relying on fossil fuels.
The true facts about global warming are that it has already caused devastation worldwide and will affect things you haven’t even thought of. This is an issue that all media outlets should mention every day until people understand the severity of the problem we are facing. Here are the scary facts about global warming that you won’t hear on the news.
Learn The Truth
- A devastating hurricane is more likely to hit your coastal home. The number of category 4 and 5 hurricanes has doubled over the last 30 years. A record of four category 5 hurricanes formed in 2005, the most ever seen in one season. In 2007, two category 5 hurricanes made landfall in Central America, another seasonal record.
- You’ll have less food to eat as temperatures continue rising. For every 1 degree rise in temperature, yields for crops like rice, wheat, and corn fall by 10%. Add in the world’s estimated population of 9 billion by 2050, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
- You’ll witness world-wide water shortages because of droughts and melting ice. For example, within 50 years, the 40% of the world’s population who rely on the Himalayan glaciers for drinking water will not have enough to drink.
- Oceans are being plagued by dying coral reefs. In 1998, the second-hottest year on record, the world lost 16% of its coral reefs to bleaching from the hotter ocean temperatures. These reefs are a vital life source for all sea life, and their extinction will change the seas as you know them.
- Ancient ruins will disappear before your eyes. Rising seas and extreme weather will damage irreplaceable, amazing sites. Floods from global warming have already damaged Sukhothai, a 600 year old site that was once the capital of a Thai kingdom. Ancient sites in Kenya, Spain, and Egypt are also at risk.
- Sea levels could rise by 40 feet if the world’s biggest ice sheets, in Greenland and Antarctica, each melt. Each of these ice sheets has melted significantly in recent years. Though complete melting would probably take a hundred years or more, the effects would be catastrophic.
- The world as you know it will be changed forever. Even a 20 foot rise in sea levels would flood most of South Florida, South Louisiana, New York City, Washington, D.C., and many other coastal areas in the U.S., not to mention populous countries around the world like China, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.
It’s Not Too Late For You
To Make A Difference
These true facts about global warming should make you want to stand up and take action, because it’s not too late. There are many actions and ways to prevent global warming that are simple enough for everyone to do.
If you work with each other, there is still hope. Find out how you can make a difference.
 Global Warming Facts and Research
Author: Brown, Nathan. A Cooler Climate, 2008.