As wildfires ravage California, droughts affect the Southwest and floods destroy valuable terrain and real estate areas in Europe a heatwave is melting the ice in Greenland at an accelerated rate. Climate change is more visible than ever, and the consequences are felt across all over the world as large-scale disasters tend to become constant.
During a recent global climate report, a high-ranking representative of the World Meteorological Organization stated that the world had faced a decade of intense heat, and mitigation measures need to be implemented before it is too late.
Reducing greenhouse gases is a top priority, but besides the implementation of eco-friendly policies, countries have to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels in several domains, including the generation of power, industrial activities, and transport services.
Climate Change Could Become Irreversible Soon
As the global temperature continues to rise, seas are warming at an accelerated rate, exposing a higher number of cities to the risk of being flooded. Glaciers that should have survived for several decades are vanishing from all over the world, and according to some researchers, the Arctic sea ice could disappear completely in less than two decades.
Zones of permafrost are also thawing rapidly, and the aftermath will be severe as large amounts of stored carbon will be released into the atmosphere, triggering a climate feedback loop. Many researchers argue that all the consequences created by climate change will be rendered permanent if tipping points will be crossed. Examples of tipping points include the collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet or the disappearance of the Amazonian forest.
In some cases, it can be hard to determine if an individual weather event wasn’t influenced by the effects of global warming besides natural climate variability and other factors. Global warming will dry vegetation and increase the risk of wildfire, but poor forest management practices can also play a role in paving the way to a disaster.