Global warming is a major problem that’s being felt all around the world. Much of the Southern United States is feeling a marked increase in hotter summers and even warmer winters as a results. See levels have already risen six feet in the last century and are expected to increase which harms the supply and contamination of fresh water supplies. Much of the water in Florida percolates up through limestone which makes it harder to keep seawater out.
This means the Everglades are at a high risk of salt water contamination with the rising coastal water levels. With the increased population growth it means more people will be at risk for property damage. Losses are also being reported in Greenland where glacial ice sheets have begun to melt at an alarming rate. Sea levels are expected to rise even more here in comparison to other parts of the globe. In Greenland the rate of ice melting has increased by 300% in the last decade. Antarctica is another area that has been hit badly by global warming.
Over the last decade major sections of ice have broken off and melted into the oceans further increasing water level. Recent studies by NASA confirm that the impact of global warming is melting ice so fast now that nothing can stop it from completely disappearing into the ocean. It is believed if all of the world’s glaciers melted into the ocean that the global sea level would rise an average of 4 feet. This could cost trillions of dollars of damage in property damage.
Bangladesh faces the greatest risk.Rising salt water also puts fresh water supplies in trouble. Even if the eater rises by just one feet, millions of properties will be displaced and affected. Unfortunately, in this region of the world their is no place for victims to turn to. The Pacific Islands face a similar risk. This can be attributed to the fact that the majority of the community resides close to the shore. This puts them right in harm’s way and forces them to move inland further away from the water’s edge.
Another unfortunate consequence is that storm surges contaminate the water supply making it undrinkable. Fresh water contamination is one of the nasty side effects of global warming. Australia is also feeling the heat from the climate crisis. 2013 was the hottest year on record for them. The untolerable heat caused drought and heatwaves that resulted in major crop damage, water shortage, and agricultural losses. Climate scientistts agree that the record temperatures are due to anthropogenic behavior.