The Dire Effects of Climate Change

Who’s Afraid Of Climate Change? Dealing With A Changing Global Climate And Its Dire Effects

The issue of whether climate change is a real phenomenon has been under debate for quite some time now. Even those who agree that climate change does indeed exist have problems arriving at a consensus as to the reason why. While persons may not be able to agree on whether climate change is a direct result of anthropogenic activity or just a natural and inevitable cycle, those who do believe in the reality of global warming are wisely taking precaution.

The Inquisitr recently reported that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report on climate change that was less than flowery. The climate change report referred to the warming of the climate system as “unequivocal,” and the changes as “unprecedented over decades to millennia.” It concluded that regardless of the cause, much more relevant is the observation that the climate change phenomenon does indeed exist and everyone is being affected.

In recent decades, changes in climate have caused impacts on natural and human systems on all continents and across the oceans. Impacts are due to observed climate change, irrespective of its cause, indicating the sensitivity of natural and human systems to changing climate.”

And sensitive they are. According to the White Mountain Independent Central, because of climate change, the western region of the United States will be more at risk for wildfires. This information comes from a report released by Peter Howard, titled “Flammable Planet: Wildfires and the Social Cost of Carbon.” In the report, Howard states that there is expected to be an increase of wildfires on most continents, with Europe, Australia, and North America being particularly affected. Howard also stated that there is a predicted 50 to 100 percent increase in the amount of area in the United States burned by wildfires due to climate change by the year 2050.

An increase in wildfires, though dire, is only one of many consequences that the United States and the rest of the world will face as effects of climate change. The problem though, as was pointed out in a recent Inquisitr article, is that not many people believe that climate change truly exists. Some think it is a hoax created by the Science community. The Post-Gazette iterated this sentiment, saying that climate change has too few believers.

“To climate change deniers, the doomsday-like warnings are an increasingly shrill expression of desperation by a Science community that can’t make its case.”

The IPCC, in its climate change report, said that adaptation efforts need to be put in place to deal with the high-risk, widespread, and irreversible global impacts of climate change globally, and everyone needs to be involved. In the words of the Post Gazette, “Climate change is a global problem, but the global scientific consensus on this issue could do with some local help. Education starts at home.”

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