What Effect Does Climate Change Have on the Environment?

A dramatic south-looking view of Stevens Creek reservoir in California during a drought; Shutterstock ID 369367394; Job: 369367394

One of the biggest discussions being held all over the globe is climate change and the effects thereof on the environment.

From sea levels rising to increased drought and even polar bears dying in the Antarctic, with incredibly heart-breaking footage of starving polar bears to be found online, people are becoming more and more aware of climate change.

Since it’s having an even greater effect on the environment than ever before, people also realise how they contribute to the environment and all the bad that goes with it.

Since plastic pollution is considered to have one of the biggest effects on global warming, the environment suffers every second of every day.

Climate change is a major threat to countries globally, as well as the lives of the people, animals and plants that live within these environments.

What’s the Problem?

Mentioning that plastic affects climate change, is like saying there’s one letter in the alphabet. Many different factors have an effect on climate change.

The man-made effects of the world that causes an increase in carbon pollution, which can be caused by the production of materials, the production of fuel and other chemical gasses, substances and most of the industrial, mechanical and technological advancements in product and services we use today.

The Causes of Climate Change

Considering that carbon dioxide is the number one contributor to climate change, it’s something that needs to be paid attention to and change, to allow humans to sustain the environment altogether ultimately.

Carbon dioxide is as a greenhouse gas that traps heat within the atmosphere. In doing so, it regulates the climate. Carbon dioxide is necessary for life, and since they already exist naturally, the earth doesn’t need more of it.

The contribution of carbon dioxide to the environment, initiated by human activity, however, increases the carbon dioxide to unimaginable levels, which causes pollution, which adds to the greenhouse gasses in the ozone layer. This entire process causes the layer to get thicker, which also causes the earth to get warmer as it adapts to change.

How Does Climate Change Affect the Ocean?

When the levels of carbon dioxide are too high, the ocean also absorbs it, which makes it more acidic. It also causes a major problem for sea life and can eventually cause small organisms to die, which means less food for fish and even cause larger marine animals to die.

Climate change is altered every single day. With temperatures increasing annually, the weather is getting more unpredictable and extreme.

Climate change is causing heat waves, which causes droughts, and in some places, intense rainfalls and eventually, floods. Climate change also has a massive effect on the probability of natural disasters occurring. It’s causing everything from hurricanes, tsunamis, volcano eruptions, different types of storms, as well as earthquakes, which is causing a lot of danger to the environment, as well as the life that lives in it.