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Global Warming Impacts Society | Opinion | quovadisnewspaper.com – Quo Vadis

Global warming is a phenomenon that has caught the attention of policymakers across the globe. Now, global warming may not be an issue for humans at the moment, but it may affect us in the future, and it is certainly affecting nature. Many factors have contributed to the emergence of global warming.

Climate change is one of the negative factors that affect our environment. Climate change brings higher temperatures and drought like conditions such as wildfires which in turn causes vegetation to dry out and combust. Wildfires are almost continuously trapped in the cycle of being caused by climate change and helping cause climate change.

Wildfires are known to release vast amounts of carbon into the atmosphere as they blaze through acres of land. According to BBC News, 3.5 million acres of land have been burned in 2021. That number is up one million from the amount burned in 2020. Despite being a contributor to climate change, these wildfires have also displaced millions of Americans.

Climate change can also increase the risk of illnesses and extreme events such as floods and storms. Climate change can have a range of impacts on physical and mental health for individuals of all ages. Human health issues can increase mortality, impact food availability and limit work productivity.

Climate change has brought a new challenge for animals living in wildlife. According to the National Park Service website, “Climate change has produced a number of threats to wildlife throughout our parks. Rising temperatures lower many species survival rates due to changes that lead to less food, less successful reproduction, and interfering with the environment for native wildlife.” Polar bears are struggling to adapt to climate change in the Arctic due to increasing temperatures causing the ice to melt. According to The New York Times: “Global Warming Is Driving Polar Bears Toward Extinction”, researchers say, “Nearly all of the 19 subpopulations of polar bears would face being wiped out because the loss of sea ice would force the animals onto land and away from their food supplies for longer periods. Prolonged fasting, and reduced nursing of cubs by mothers, would lead to rapid declines in reproduction and survival.” Polar bears are essential species because they are the highest predator in their food web, playing a significant part in counteracting the ecosystem.

One of the areas that have felt an immediate impact of increasing temperatures caused by global warming are marine environments, especially sea life. According to Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology, “Ocean Warming Lead to Heat Shock Protein Expression and Decrease in the Feeding Rate of the Patagonian Sea Star Anasterias Minut,” This study employed documentary analysis of three scientific articles to establish patterns of the effect of increasing temperatures on marine flora and fauna. The study found that increased temperatures disrupt the typical ecosystem conducive to the breeding of sea mammals and fish in the ocean. An increase in ocean temperatures disrupts the normal metabolism of sea animals, and they rarely get used to the changes or circumstances. The zooplanktons need to adjust to the low oxygen availability, which causes changes in the size of the sea life; these organisms tend to grow smaller. The hunting rate goes up, the sea predators tend to hunt more fish and the population significantly decreases. If the population decreases, they could become extinct. These revelations are useful for the design of climate protection policies.

Global warming is something we need to pay attention to. It may not affect humans right now but, the future of the world will be impacted. If global warming continues, its effects will be detrimental. An increase in droughts, floods, and storms is a high possibility. The air quality will be much poorer and weather effects won’t help at all either. That is why as humans, we must make changes. Before, the climate used to change naturally. Now, over the years, humans have been the main cause of global warming.

Given the scope of all these negative factors that global warming can bring, a multidimensional approach to its comprehension is needed to help not only help our environment presently, but also the future. We as humans have to play a role in taking better care of the world we live in.

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