Climate change poses a fundamental threat to the places, species and people’s livelihoods. Climate change destabilizes the Earth’s temperature equilibrium and has far-reaching effects on human beings and the environment.
Given below are a few of the most common effects of climate change:
- The rise in the average temperature across the globe
- Rising sea levels and melting of glaciers
- Increase in precipitation
- The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen by 25% since 1958, and by about 40% since the Industrial Revolution
- It has also impacted the water bodies as flooding has become extensively common
- Food supplies and agriculture also depend on climatic conditions
- It also hugely impacts human health. The most vulnerable groups, including children, the elderly, people with preexisting health conditions, outdoor workers, people of colour, and people with low income, are at an even higher risk
- It also has a significant impact on the ecosystem and its organisms
- Extreme weather events that bring heavy rains, floods, wind, snow, or temperature changes can stress existing structures and facilities like bridges, roads, ports, electrical grids, broadband internet, etc.