Often we hear and read reports around the world announcing the “hottest summer ever” or the “worst fires ever”.
The climate of the planet Earth is changing rapidly. Credit of these weather changes goes to global warming to an extent, caused by the ungoverned release of large amount of carbon into the atmosphere.
Global warming is making days hotter, natural disasters such as hurricanes stronger and droughts more severe. It is also causing drastic changes to the landscape of the world posing threat to wildlife species and their habitat. Rain is falling in heavy downpours as a result of global warming.
One can witness longer dry periods between rainfalls. Wet places have become wetter while dry places have become drier. The intensity and frequency of heat waves has increased. This is all a result of global warming.
Global warming causes warmer water in the oceans that pumps more energy into tropical storms making them stronger and potentially more destructive. Category 4 and 5 storms have greatly increased over the past 35 years, along with ocean temperature. Warmer temperatures caused by global warming increase the probability of drought. Increased evaporation during summer makes drought conditions worse and also increases the risk of wildfires.
The warmer temperatures also add to the energy of the climatic system and lead to heavier rainfalls in some areas. Scientists believe that climate change will increase the frequency of heavy rainstorms. This will lead many communities at risk of devastation from floods. National annual precipitation has increased between 5 and 10 percent since the early 20th century.
If severe steps are not taken to control global warming now, the world will witness undesirable results and more severe weather conditions. If we go on contributing to the problem and refuse to solve it, then the drastic effects of climate change are not only predictable but inevitable.