8 Climate Change Effects You Should Know About
By Tynne De Leon
Despite the efforts to at least lessen its effects to us, it seems that climate change is here to stay—and it gets worse every year. 2016 has seen the Earth at the planet’s warmest and as a result, the world has seen some strange occurrences. Here are some of them. And kids, do take care of the planet; it’s the only one we’ve got.
8. Sea Levels Rising
A number of coastal areas around the world will be unlivable by the year 2100 because of the unpredictable rise of sea levels, according to researchers. The flooding in these areas is a result of global warming: primarily because of the constant melting of glaciers, disintegration of ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica and expansion of sea waters. While the trend every year changes dramatically, NASA’s data confirms that the Global Mean Sea Level (GMSL) has disastrously risen by 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) over the past century.
7. Shrinking Glaciers
Hiking in the ice slopes of New Zealand has been a tradition for many enthusiasts for the past century, but it has since become dangerous due to the rapid melting of glaciers in the area. Globally, glaciers have been shrinking since the 1940s due to constant global warming. And since the earth is getting warmer through the years, there will come a time when most of them will completely disappear.
6. Meltwater Lake
There has been a meltwater lake found beneath the Roi Baudouin ice sheet in East Antarctica and on several other ice sheets. Usually the result of melting glaciers, these lakes are rising in numbers, turning more blocks of ice into a bodies of water.
5. Reindeers are Getting Thin
It has become a survival of the fittest for the beloved reindeers. Recent research on reindeers living in the Norwegian island of Svalbard has shown that these animals have dropped in weight by 10-12 percent for the past 16 years. This malnutrition is the result of limited food available to them due to the rising temperatures.