As the years go by, the Earth itself is transforming beneath our eyes. More and more natural disasters are happening and it is causing many destructions in the path. Over the past year, the United States of America alone has endured hurricanes, floods, wildfires and even droughts. Numerous lives in these affected areas have lost a lot and even researchers are astonished at the outcome. The main reason for these phenomena would be because of global warming. Global warming is the main reason for these disasters and is negatively impacting communities and human health. Humans are major contributors to the escalation of global warming because of our use of fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
One major phenomena would be the wildfires occurring in the United States on the west coast and more fires are occurring because the heat is getting trapped in the atmosphere. Long story short, the heat getting trapped causes longer periods of increased temperatures, which means that there is less rainfall – perfect conditions for mega wildfires.
Another phenomenon resulting from global warming is frequent and stronger hurricanes. Scientists have given the statement that climate change has led to a great increase of hurricanes in the United States and that increase has been occurring since 1970s. Scientists are also predicting that the number of hurricanes will decrease in the future. That may be good on one side, but there is a negative effect. With fewer hurricanes, each one will be more powerful and catastrophic. Stronger winds will cause more destruction of humans lives, homes and health. Another main cause for stronger storms is because of the melting of the glaciers due to global warming. The more water in the causes an increase in the number of storms that take place. Some scientific research suggests there is a connection between ocean surface temperatures and tropical storm intensity because warmer waters fuel more energetic storms.The land is getting covered making the storms to hit areas that wouldn’t normally be hit.
No matter how you look at it, global warming will continue to take place no matter what. As humans we can only help slow it down. Even if we try, the disasters will continue to take place. At this point the only option we can do is be to prepared for unexpected.
- “Global Warming Impacts.” Union of Concerned Scientists, www.ucsusa.org/our-work/global-warming/science-and-impacts/global-warming-impacts#.W8jP5XtKjcs.
- “Hurricanes and Climate Change.” Union of Concerned Scientists, www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/science-and-impacts/impacts/hurricanes-and-climate-change.html#.W8jXy3tKjct.