When you hear about the effects of global warming it is important to understand that the effects we are experiencing today are moderate compared to what the future will see if we do not take preventative action.
Over the next
century researchers and environmental professionals are stating that the
effects of global warming will continue on a constant inclined curve.
Temperatures heating up a little bit each decade until the earth’s temperatures
reach the sweltering levels that we experienced in history. Scientists believe
that the earth’s temperatures will rise between 2-9 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050.
The Arctic and the earth’s northern
latitudes will feel the most of the effects of global warming as they continue
to escalate. As the Arctic packs and glaciers
begin to melt from the increased temperatures the tundra and seas surrounding
the areas will continue to absorb the warmth which was once reflected back into
space. Climate models show that if temperatures throughout the rest of the
world rise to 3 degrees
Fahrenheit they will more than likely rise to at least
7 degrees Fahrenheit in the Arctic. From this
the oceans throughout the world will become full with melting glaciers and ice
from the Arctic likely to rise by at least
As the temperatures continue to rise this will force the ocean to evaporate
quicker and therefore more rainfall will be experienced. The problem with this
effect is that the rainfall may hit areas of the world which do not need it at
all causing massive floods and monsoons. Subtropical areas like India are
expected to be the target of this particular effect of global warming. On the
other hand it is safe to say that droughts are going to be more of a problem
There are predictions that the future effects of global warming may have its
benefits as well. In the northern part of the world such as Canada, the
warmer temperatures will mean longer growing seasons and more rainfall. This of
course then will put an end to any food shortage that may be occurring and
provide a new sense of prosperity to countries throughout the world which have
been struggling to survive.
Many of the changes and effects listed above are already taking place today
on a smaller scale of course. Sea levels are rising due to thermal expansion of
the ocean, in addition to melting of land ice. Amounts and patterns of
precipitation are changing as well but only slightly in comparison to what has
been predicted for the future. Changes in temperature and precipitation patterns
increase the frequency and intensity of other extreme weather events such as
floods, droughts, heat waves, and tornadoes.
Other effects of global warming include higher or lower agricultural yields,
further glacial retreat, reduced summer stream flows and species extinctions.
As a further effect of global warming, diseases like malaria are returning into
areas where they have been extinguished earlier. This is only the beginning of
the effects global warming can have on our earth. As the greenhouse gases continue
to increase and enter the atmosphere these effects are only going to increase
in severity making it harder and harder to maintain our quality of life.
Many people find it hard to believe that the effects of global warming can
become as severe as scientists are predicting but the patterns support these
theories. When you read studies comparing today’s weather to weather 20years
ago there are already signs proving the effects of global warming. Pay
attention to the weather today and the severe weather being reported from all
over the world and you will begin to see the effects within your own life as
We can all do our part to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases within our
atmosphere. No matter how small the act might be (saving electricity, conserving
fuels, etc) every action makes a difference when we are all making these
eco-smart decisions. There are no doubts that the effects of global warming are
only going to persist and increase if we do not do something today. The fact is
that even if greenhouse emission gases were completely eliminated today it will
still take years to eliminate the threats of global warming. This is why it is
so important to do what we can today!