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The Day after Tomorrow: Impact of Global Warming on Society

Updated on October 30, 2015

Global warming is a condition that has already started and, unfortunately, will continue to worsen in the upcoming years. It is a condition that everyone must be made aware of. The implementation of measures against the impacts of global warming will only be done correctly if everyone is well-informed of the problem. It is expected that global warming will have a variety of effects on society and many aspects related to it.

Expected Impacts of Global Warming

The first thing that global warming affects is the surroundings. Since people rely on their surroundings, these will affect them too.

  • Higher temperatures – Along with the melting of ice caps on Polar Regions, higher temperatures brought on by global warming will be expected. This affects not only the habitat of animals but also the lifestyle of people living in cold and coastal areas.

  • Agriculture – As the temperature changes, the acidity in the soil may also change. Moreover, plants will start to adapt to the changes and there is a possibility for new plant breeds to be discovered. Some plants that survive on colder weather may be seen less across the globe.

  • Human health – The human body is able to adapt to changes in the weather through years of experiencing the changes. However, as these changes become more extreme, the body might not have enough time to cope with them. This could lead to more people getting sick as their immune systems fail. New sicknesses can also arise as well as variations of old sicknesses.

  • Extreme weather – There will be more extreme weather and weather disturbances. Tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, and even volcanic eruptions can be expected with a rise in temperature.

Before more serious effects of global warming hits the environment, people must already start preparing countermeasures. Depending on these factors, you can find ways to adapt and survive climate change.

Variances in Feeling the Impact

Global warming impacts different places differently. This is because of the differences in temperature—hotter regions will grow hotter, while colder regions will only start to feel warm. The melting of ice caps will also cause a change in the air currents. The means and physical ability of people to adapt to these changes matter.

  • Different effects on different locations – The world is not flat and homogenous. There are differences in locations; some live near the water, some live up in the mountains, and others inhabit the city. Global warming may hit all these locations at once, but living near the water provides a source of food that won’t easily run out. Living up in the mountains provides some cool shelter (before the vegetation has difficulties in survival). And being in the city makes everything within reach in case of an accident.

  • Different effects on different lifestyles – The ability to cope with the changes brought on by global warming will be impacted greatly by the lifestyle that a person leads. A person heavily relying on foods grown in cold climates may find it hard to find food unless they switch to a different diet.

  • Different effects on different ages – Young and old people can both be vulnerable to drastic changes in the temperature. Younger people with still-developing immune systems and older people with already-weakening bodies may get sick more often. Consequently, there will be an increase in health problems experienced by unhealthy adults.

As unfair as it may seem, different walks of life and different ages will experience the effects of global warming on differing levels. This all boils down to the body’s ability to protect itself, and of course, the surroundings present different dangers and the protection provided by more secure households will play a part in it.

How the Society will Adapt

The society, as we know it, will change in order to adapt to the impacts of global warming. Work industries, professions, geographic location, social status, and nearness to coastal areas will all contribute to the changes in society.

  • Coastal areas – With the melting of ice caps, the water level will rise, and this means danger for those who are living dangerously close to the coast. Fishing villages may need to relocate, thus prompting a change in lifestyle.

  • Professions and industries – Professions related to the environment such as tourism and agriculture may take a step back. With the changes in the environment that cannot be predicted, more effort needs to be put into researching and catching up with these effects. Scientists and experts on weather changes will be needed more than anything.

  • Geographic location – Living in the city makes everything accessible, but the one downfall it has is that the city absorbs more heat. This makes it harder for people to live when global warming becomes worse. There will be an increase in heat-related health problems.

  • Socio-political status – Unfortunately, one’s socio-political status will affect the ability to cope. Poverty-stricken environments will not have the means to relocate to a better environment or to combat the sicknesses and hardships brought on by global warming.

Global warming is not the first change that will happen to the society, although it may yet be the worst. Regardless, the society will be able to adapt, making the necessary changes in order to survive and be orderly again. However, living in a damaged world and fighting for resources does not make the battle fair. Being in the wrong profession, living in the wrong environment, and being poor may affect your chances of survival. It would be advised to improve on these things while there is still time, but improving them is not as easily done as it is said.

Population Increase and the Impacts of Global Warming

The incremental increase in population that has been experienced in the recent years is one of the reasons why the impacts of global warming are being felt drastically. With more people inhabiting the planet, there is more heat circulating in the atmosphere from carbon dioxide in the air. Along with that, chemicals that are used to provide for those additional people cause damage to the atmosphere and contribute to the worsening heat.

The world is overpopulated, and it is currently not giving everyone enough room to breathe. Unfortunately, as global warming’s effects start to worsen it cannot be helped that the population will be decreased due to extreme weather changes and health problems resulting in deaths.

Global Warming and Crimes

Another alarming effect that global warming seems to have on the society is on social behavior. In more recent studies, there has been an increase in domestic violence, robbery, suicide, murder, and assaults in places where global warming’s effects could already be felt. In a local standpoint, these effects would be easily seen in the increased crime rate in the city where the heat does not circulate properly and affects human behavior.

With the release of studies warning of this correlation, policemen, scientists, and meteorologists can combine their efforts to come up with preventive measures for a growing crime rate. By being able to determine the changes in temperature, crimes may not only be stopped, but actually prevented.

There is no stopping global warming, but there are ways to lessen its effect. Becoming more aware of the environment and doing everything to protect it is the priority. However, one should also begin thinking about the big possibility of drastic changes and should start preparing by strengthening the body, packing provisions, and finding better housing. In the end, it is all about survival. And to survive, one must first be aware of the problem, how it can be lessened, and how it will affect you.

What do you think has a bigger bearing on the progression of global warming?

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      Howard Schneider 3 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Global warming is clearly being driven by humans no matter what the naysayers argue. Our lives will be changed dramatically if we do not act positively. Excellent Hub describing what is likely to occur as this worsens, Kgmonline. Will our political leaders wake up?

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sounds a lot to deal with and a very useful hub from you.

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      Geri Mileff 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      @HSchneider, couldn't agree more. Thanks for your comment! We aim to always provide truthful and unbiased content that shows all angles of a situation. :)

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      Geri Mileff 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      @DDE, yeah it sure does. :) But at the same time, just like HSchneider above had said, it acts as a wake-up call if only those who are involved will do something about it. Thanks for your comment!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      We all have a responsibility for doing whatever it takes to reduce and prevent global warming. Excellent article. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and sharing.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a great hub kgmonline about one of the most important problems facing the world today. Very well written and easy to understand. I have written a number of hubs on the subject as well trying to promote awareness. Voted up and shared.

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Very good work my friend. We, as a world community, have long neglected our earth's natural resources...our air we breathe, gets top priority. We must come together as one and address this issue that will determine our earth and its people's futures. If we continue, we will not have a future and be no longer living breathing creatures that depend upon this planet's resources. Nice reminder my friend. whonu

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Kgmonline, this is a topic that is almost brought up daily. I overheard one person say to another how we need to be aware of global warming and other replied in a sarcastic way (this was during a cold snap) "yeah, with this global warming we are all going to freeze to death."

      I really appreciate reading about this.

      Voted up and shared.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      You raised the flag, now what.

      We have strict emission standards in Ca, stricter for car emissions than that of the federal government.

      The United States doesn't do a lot of manufacturing, because it has gone overseas. China is doing the bulk of it, without any environmental filters, and they also have the highest smog, and a very large population.

      Carbon trading is a joke.

      The world can't agree on global warming, and even if they did it wouldn't be taken seriously by China.

      Expecting anything to be done, even if the problem is real is just wishful thinking.

      We have a real shortage of usable water in the world, and there is no solution, desire to do something about it.

      Global warming is not a real, or recognized as water shortage, so less will be done on it. Which amounts to virtually nothing.

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      John Coviello 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Keep your eyes on methane gas releases from the arctic and antarctic regions. There is so much CH4 locked up in the ice and beneath oceans that if CO2 manages to warm the planet to a certain point, global warming will accelerate rapidly as methane is released in huge quantities. Methane causes about 100 times more global warming than CO2. Let's hope we do not reach that tipping point.

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      Kylyssa Shay 2 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      We need to somehow influence the corporate oligarchy to stop blocking greener energy at every turn. If they hadn't done so, we'd already be driving electric cars, taking high-speed trains, and plugging into outlets dispensing wind power- and not just in a few scattered areas. Research and development of cleaner energy sources has been suppressed by corporate interests since the seventies and it was nearly crushed by the eighties.

      To this day, there are people willing to physically harm others in defense of anti-clean energy propaganda.

      The corporate propaganda we grew up with is likely to prove deadly to some. Unfortunately, it isn't likely to affect any of those responsible for creating it so they won't care to stop it as long as the money rolls in.

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      Geri Mileff 2 years ago from Czech Republic

      Thanks a lot to everyone for contributing to this extremely important topic! I believe we should not miss to mention one of the biggest factors in greenhouse gas emissions - meat consumption.

      I am fully aware this is not a topic that is to be swallowed easily by the general audience (anyone who dares to raise this is usually silenced or made fun of) but this doesn't change the fact that agriculture, through meat production, is one of the main contributors to the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and thus has a major impact on climate change.

      Whoever feels in need to increase his/her awareness of the issue, can start with reading the United Nations report here: http://www.unep.org/pdf/unep-geas_oct_2012.pdf

      Information about this issue is freely available everywhere, anyway , it is just ignored / not given real publicity for some obvious reasons everyone can deduct for himself.

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      Allan Philip 2 years ago from Toronto

      Very disturbing, a wake up call.

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      Geri Mileff 2 years ago from Czech Republic

      @phildazz - Allan, I definitely agree with you on this one. Thanks.

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