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The Effects of Global Warming

Updated on October 9, 2016

Climate Change is No Myth

What is Global Warming?

Global warming is not just about the climate changing. Global warming is effecting our economy, our health, and our environment in a variety of negative ways.

If we don't take an aggressive approach to global warming, the results will be disastrous for the entire globe.

Our atmosphere has become overloaded with deadly carbon dioxide and our climate has undergone large-scale transformations. No longer are we witnessing the gradual temperature fluctuations that we have seen in the past. Over the last 50 years, the average temparture across the globe has risen at the highest rate in recorded history.

It has been estimated that unless we manage to curb the emissions that cause climate change, average temperatures throughout the United States could be anywhere from 3 to 9 degrees higher by the end of this century.

One thing scientists all agree on is that global warming is an issue we as humans have created for ourselves, and we alone are responsible for reversing these dangerous weather changes.

We really are the future when it comes to our climate. Our choices today impact our tomorrow, and this book provides useful tips on how we can impact global war

Global Warming and Changing Weather Patterns

The biggest and most obvious effects of global warming are happening to our planet's weather patterns. Rising sea levels, melting ice caps, increasing temperatures, stronger storms, more severe and longer lasting droughts are just the tip of the iceberg.

If global warming continues to grow at the same rate as we have seen it progress over the past few decades, these programs will only become worse.

We will see more wildfires that will be harder to get under control, droughts will grow in length and intensity, hurricanes will become devastatingly strong, washing away cities, and temperatures will become physically unbearable throughout large regions of the globe.

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Global Warming and Your Health

A dangerous effect of global warming that we can not witness through the weather is the impact that climate change has on our health. Unfortunately, these unseen consequences are having a negative effect on our quality of life, today, and unless we do something, these health problems will only worsen.

Negative health consequences caused and/or perpetuated by global warming include:

  • An increased number of heat strokes
  • More severe and more frequent cases of asthma
  • More intense allergies
  • A faster spread of infectious diseases
  • A higher outbreak in foodborne illnesses
  • Lung diseases will increase as air quality worsens

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Consequences of Global Warming

Current Effects of Global Warming

Global warming isn't something that is going to happen, it is something that is already happening, effecting our climate on a daily basis.

Here are some of the impacts we are already seeing as a result of climate change:

  • The polar caps on both the north and south pole are melting
  • Penguins are dying at a much faster rate on Antarctica
  • Sea levels are rising at a faster and faster rate
  • Some species are starting to migrate to new environments
  • Rain and snowfall has increased all across the globe, as have droughts
  • Spruce bark beetles, which consume trees at a massive rate, have shot up in numbers

These are just some of the many effects that climate change is already causing, and this list will only continue to grow.

Global Warming and Sea Levels

One of the biggest concerns of global warming is the effect that climate change is having on sea levels. Because of rising temperatures, ice caps are melting at an alarming rate.

This increase in the melting of ice caps is causing a rise in sea levels at a rate that scientists never saw coming. Already, the flow of the Colorado has increased sixfold.

Scientists have made projections that by 2100, sea levels can be 20 feet higher than they are today. If this happens, low lying cities like Miami and New York City will become submerged completely.

Just in the past century, glaciers in Montana's Glacier National Park have deteriorated from 150 to just 35.

The Himalayan glaciers, responsible for supplying water to 500 million people, are decreasing by 40 yards each year.

Rising Sea Levels is One Serious Consequence of Global Warming

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Potential Future Consequences of Global Warming

Scientists and meteorologists have done extensive research on both current and future consequences of global warming and climate change. Here is a list of potential consequences of global warming if we don't change things quickly:

  • We can see a rise in sea levels anywhere from 7 to 23 inches by the end of the 21st century (an additional 4 to 8 inches could be added to that number due to the melting of ice caps)
  • Storms from hurricanes to blizzards will become stronger and more devastating
  • Species that rely on other species will start to become out of sync
  • Floods and droughts will increase in frequency
  • The amount of available fresh water will decrease
  • Diseases like malaria will increase
  • Some diseases will spread, such as malaria carried by mosquitoes

These are just some of the many potential consequences that can result from global warming if things don't change.

We Must Stop Global Warming Before It Stops Us

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What Can We Do About Global Warming?

Scientists report that this has been the warmest decade on record since 1880. In 2010, the average global temperature was recorded as the second highest in history, ranked right below 2005.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said that if we don't make any changes, the earth could heat up by an additional 7.2 degrees on average across the globe during the 21st century.


So what can we do to reverse these negative consequences that we as humans have created? How can we ensure a better future for our children, and our children's children?

Although scientists report that drastic changes must be made in order for us to see a reverse in the effects of global warming, there are things we each can do to help.

First, experts recommend that we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, like coal and oil. The next recommendation, which everyone should do, is recycle properly. The next action we can all take is by replacing the lightbulbs in our homes with compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Scientists and experts on global warming also recommend such actions as planting more trees, using less water, replacing appliances with energy efficient appliances, driving less, and reducing our reliance on air conditioning and heating.

© 2014 Kathleen Odenthal Romano

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Each and everyone of us should be concerned about global warming. Our precious planet is being destroyed with fossil fuel and carbon dioxide. I have also noticed a huge change in my own allergies. They were not near this bad years ago. Mother Earth is angry with how we are treating our planet. If only everyone would do their part beginning with the major energy companies. Great hub - Will share for sure.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Global warming is an imminent threat to Planet Earth and we should do what we can to help stop this process. Great hub and great facts showcased, voted up.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Congratulations on writing this important hub Kathleen. I agree with every word, and I just wish it was possible to get everyone to embrace the message. Unfortunately the new Australian government are led by climate change sceptics. They have scrapped the carbon tax introduced by the precious Government, as well as all incentives that were introduced to encourage people to install solar panels etc. They have disbanded the Department of Environment and Sustainability, and the Climate Change Commission. They have dropped the National Heritage status in Tasmanian old growth Forrest's and opened them up for logging. We are going backwards, I hope the people stand up against this.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Thank you so much! Yes, its an absolute travesty what we are doing to our planet. As someone who suffers from allergies and asthma I have physically felt the changes in my body worsen from when I was younger to know, and I have always known that it was because of the weather and climate change.

      Unfortunately I feel like I am riding a bicycle backwards trying to do anything, because the truth is, unless we all change, and more attention is put on this issue, very little will happen.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Kathleen, thank you for posting this. My blog is all about environmental issues; I've posted several pieces about global warming and the ozone hole. I can't offer you the link because HP won't like it. Suffice it to say my full name is my web address.

      I've seen a few articles on HP that pooh-pooh the fact that humans are contributing to global warming. Obviously, they are only presenting research that suits their needs. Yes, global warming is a scientific fact and goes thru its process naturally. However - and I mean a BIG however - man's habits, greed, misuse of our resources, and ignorance is spiraling global warming at dangerous speeds. You have no idea how glad I am to see someone else who isn't afraid to speak out.

      We need to go green, be more aware and save our planet before it kills us. We not only need to leave a legacy to our future generations, but a planet in which they can build and carry on their own!

      Touche, my friend. You have touched my heart and helped me jerk a knot in Mankind's tail!

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      It can be hard to see the effects right in front of us but if we do nothing, then we will be leaving the future with a very sad planet.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I can only speak for my home. We have a tiny "footprint" and will make it smaller. Always striving for less. But I just see a volcano blow and realize just how insignificant we are. I was not here for either the ice ages or the recession of same. When you touch a billion year old rock or see a cockroach our impact is brought to only really effecting ourselves.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      Global warming is an issue which should concern everybody as we have created the same for ourselves. Renewable energy generated from natural sources – water, wind, solar, biomass or geothermal may play a vital role in replacing our dependence on fossil fuel based energy sources such as coal, oil and natural gas. Further business has a key role in implementing such technologies as reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Thank you very much for your hub on an important topic.