Climate change renders an influence over each and every one of us. It is irrespective of the part of the world one resides in.
Heatwaves and coastal flooding have scientifically been found to have a direct connection with climate change. While we have to deal with the hazardous effects of climate change, we would automatically desire that our children and grandchildren would not have to put up with them.
But in reality climate change affects every moment of our existence, and fighting climate change presently comes by as a necessity.
Ways in which climate change has transformed our lives
Fossil fuels account for the greenhouse effect, wherein excess amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere trap heat and increase the average temperatures.
Burning fossil fuels causes the greenhouse effect. But their effects go beyond. Excessive emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane result in a higher occurrence of respiratory disorders, which may be more intense in numerous cases. Some such disorder is asthma and heat strokes.
Climate change is hence no longer an environmental issue alone. It has a direct implication over health and well being of populations, and one example is communities who are required to migrate as a result of climate change. The impacts transcend to the near future of mankind.
The need of the hour is to gain a deeper understanding of health implications that come by as a part and parcel of climate change. This must render effects over development choices, the policies must undergo a change and a higher degree of public engagement must be encouraged.
When warming of the earth melts glacier ice caps, sea levels go higher. It is a gradual process. Since 1900s, sea levels are higher by 7 to 8 inches on an average. This renders an impact over the intensity of flooding. Each year, the sea levels further increase by .13 inches.
Contamination of agricultural soil, wetland flooding, and destructive erosion are some of the consequences of rising sea levels. Planting mangroves or similar vegetation that absorbs water is one of the basic ways to counter the threat.
Climate change renders its effects over food as well. Excessive percentage of CO2 in the atmosphere changes the composition of fruits and vegetables that we consume. Their nutritional value reduces.
CO2 speeds up the process of photosynthesis. Hence, the plants grow with more sugar and less important vitamins, zinc, protein and calcium. As a result, nutritional deficiencies such as zinc and protein deficiencies come by as a more pronounced matter.
Organic farming and avoiding genetically modified products are some of the best ways to derive maximum nutrition from fruits and vegetables. As use of fertilizers is discouraged in organic farming, it works well for the environment as well and is one of the preventive measures against climate change.
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How would the world transform upon countering climate change?
A hundred years down the line, we’d find that acting on climate change would save millions of lives. Countering and acting upon climate change is no longer optional. It comes by as a must for communities, governments and individuals. It’s time to get all geared up to act upon climate change.