It seemed as if it was only yesterday when the public mass panicked about how December 21, 2012 was the day when the world is supposed to end according to the Mayan calendar. At that time, people had their own theories as to how events would unfold and most of it point to the current environmental problems that might play a big role in this supposed apocalypse. Yet, 6 years later, we’re still here and still thriving despite the mixed news about the environment that we hear every day. However, how are we really faring when it comes to our climate change issues? Here’s everything that you have to know:
The Ozone layer is changing
In 1985, the Antarctic Ozone hole was discovered and only a few days after we welcomed 2018, we received great news about how the Ozone layer is healing up due to the efforts being exerted to ban certain chemicals especially chlorine-containing chemicals also called as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which contributes massively to Ozone depletion. However, the celebration to that same news came to a halt when Forbes released an article how the Ozone isn’t healing itself after all. It states that even though the ozone layer has been recovering at the poles, but there’s a certain decrease in the density of the atmosphere that can be preventing the recovery of the lower latitudes. The scientists involved in this study are currently eyeing the year 2100 wherein they speculate that the ozone layer may have achieved 100% recovery by then.
The Global Warming will affect poorer countries the most
That is because, for every degree increase in global warming, the temperature changes in the countries Africa, Amazonia, India, and Southeast Asia will be affected for up to a 15% increase in its variability. This means that predicting the weather for these countries will become a lot more difficult to manage and thus, can affect the lifestyle and livelihood of the population such as livestock, agriculture, and fishing which basically provides for the mass and can ultimately affect a country’s economy. Consecutive heavy rains and dry lands can affect the production of these industries which affects the country on a bigger scale–determining that climate changes can indeed affect our lifestyle.
Glaciers are melting five times faster than the historical average
Seems like the Ice Age won’t be revisiting us anytime soon since our glaciers are receding up to 600 feet per year which then makes its way into the Amundsen Sea, and this constant increase in water can cause the sea levels to rise for up to 10 feet by the year 2100 when the climate doesn’t change until then. This, in itself, can affect coast lines and especially the sea creatures who depend on the temperatures of the seawater as a cue for reproduction, because a drastic change in this can massively affect the success rate of their breeding. Take the marine turtles as an example, where the number of its female and male offsprings shall be determined by the temperature of the sea water.
The rising sea levels don’t only affect the bigger sea creatures, it also affects the amount of light received by the offshore plants and algae vital for photosynthesis. This can also pose a challenge on mangrove ecosystems which rely on stable sea levels for their long-term survival.
As of the moment, we have just reached the middle of the year 2018 and we have yet to discover more news about the environment and how our efforts in trying to save it will transpire in the following months. One simple action can create ripples of effects, therefore, it’s important to make wise decisions in order to continually take care of the environment that provides everything that we need for our survival.
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