Far away in time and space or here and now?
Many people believe that the effects of climate change won´t be felt for several decades. As a shortcut to learn about the challenges already facing us today, you´re invited watch some videos . Further down the page you´ll find some texts about this.
Click the arrow to start movie – click full screen symbol in bottom right corner – enjoy!
For example: More frequent extreme weather events. Hurricane Sandy being one of them!
More examples below:
Some of our present challenges:
Via the following texts you can learn more about the challenges we´re facing.
Source: The Guardian /environment/ climate change and populationmatters.org
FOOD AND WATER CRISIS
Water to drink or water for irrigation? Is there a risk that we have to choose among the two?
Water is the driving force of all nature, Leonardo da Vinci claimed. Unfortunately for our planet, supplies are now running dry – at an alarming rate. The world’s population continues to soar but that rise in numbers has not been matched by an accompanying increase in supplies of fresh water.The consequences are proving to be profound. Across the globe, reports reveal huge areas in crisis today as reservoirs and aquifers dry up.
ICE MELTING EVERYWHERE
Glaciers receding rapidly all over the globe and large parts of the Arctic summer ice is disappearing. Antarctic ice is melting so fast that the stability of the whole continent could be at risk by 2100, scientists have warned.
Widespread collapse of Antarctic ice shelves – floating extensions of land ice projecting into the sea – could pave the way for dramatic rises in sea level. The same seems to be true for the Greenland ice sheet.
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MORE FREQUENT AND MORE DANGEROUS WILDFIRES
New research finds that global warming is intensifying wildfires:
A new paper was just published which provides a glimpse into the future of wildfires. The paper is titled “Extreme fire season in California: A glimpse into the future?” It was published as the second chapter of “Explaining Extreme Events of 2014” by the American Meteorological Society. Tell me more…
MORE FREQUENT EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS
Extreme weather already on increase due to climate change, study finds
Researchers say heatwaves that previously occurred once every three years are now happening every 200 days thanks to global warming. Extreme heatwaves and heavy rain storms are already happening with increasing regularity worldwide because of manmade climate change, according to new research.
In the starkest warning yet of the threat to ocean health, the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) said: “This [acidification] is unprecedented in the Earth’s known history. We are entering an unknown territory of marine ecosystem change, and exposing organisms to intolerable evolutionary pressure. The next mass extinction may have already begun.” It published its findings in the State of the Oceans report, collated every two years from global monitoring and other research studies. Tell me more...
Drought is arguably the biggest single threat from climate change. Its impacts are global. Some say drought triggered the crisis in Syria that sent tens of thousands of refugees heading for Europe this summer. Relief failures and poor drought forecasting caused innumerable deaths in the Horn of Africa during 2011 and 2012. Yet calls to head off future disasters by establishing a UN body to provide a global drought early warning system, first made almost a decade ago, remain unfulfilled.Tell me more…
RAPID EXTINCTION OF SPECIES
Study reveals rate of extinction for species in the 20th century has been up to 100 times higher than would have been normal without human impact. The modern world is experiencing a “sixth great extinction” of animal species even when the lowest estimates of extinction rates are considered, scientists have warned. Tell me more…
RISING SEA LEVELS
Study of past sea level changes shows coastal communities may face rises of at least six metres even if we limit global warming to 2C, reports Climate Central.Even if world manages to limit global warming to 2C — the target number for current climate negotiations — sea levels may still rise at least 6 meters (20 ft) above their current heights, radically reshaping the world’s coastline and affecting millions in the process. Tell me more…
THREATENING EXPONENTIAL Population GROWTH
The human population and our consumption is growing exponentially. That means basically growing from 1 billion around 1800, via 3 billion in 1960 to around 7 in 2011. The forecast is 8 by 2025, 9 by 2043 (United Nations Population Fund estimate 2011). When we include raise in consumption per capita the pressure on earth´s resources becomes heavy. Food security may become a major issue here. Tell me more…