Understanding the Impact of Climate ChangeClimate Change UK

Minor fluctuations in the world's climate are natural. Recently though, these climate changes have accelerated, causing severe weather and concerning environmentalists around the world. Garnering the name global warming, the slow progression of climate change can give the impression that it is not an immediate threat. However, with more extreme weather being reported almost on a daily basis, it's hard not to deny the effect that global warming is having on the world that we live in.

Climate change video

In this met office video below one of our favourite presenters, Julia Bradbury, explains further what climate change is, what can we do and how can we live with the changes that have already occurred.

Extreme weather

Although extreme weather isn't always indicative of global warming, the severity of storms in the last number of years is a sign that global warming is here to stay. Unusual weather such as Tornados, snow in May, floods in Tewkesbury and the continuing drought in the SE of England are causing record amounts of damage. In fact, these storms are causing more destruction on average than they did even twenty years ago. Increased hurricane storms has caused damage that scientists have linked to the warming temperature of the ocean's surface, which has increased hurricane wind speeds by more than fifty percent in the last fifty years.

Drought due to Climate Change?Droughts and flooding

Ironically, global warming is also responsible for the long periods of drought and severe flooding occurring around the world. Many African nations have experienced the worst wet seasons in recorded history, while in other parts of the continent, Africans are faced with devastating droughts that threaten their livelihood. Similar conditions can also be seen in North America. The Midwest has suffered numerous droughts since the 1950s while the flooding of the Mississippi River is considered to be above normal.

Artic areas

Much of the glacier melting in the Arctic has been caused by global warming. It has already reduced much of the migratory grounds for many of the Arctic's endangered animals. Continued melting will increase the devastation worldwide by raising sea levels and flooding low laying coastal communities and habitats.

Melting glaciers through climate change?

Globl warming

Global warming is one of the most complicated issues facing the world. On one hand, its progression is slow enough that the effects of climate change can go by almost unnoticed. At the same time, the number of hurricanes, droughts, flooding, and receding glaciers are warning signs that global warming is occurring. Ignoring the problem may seem like a solution for now, but in the long run, the cost of doing nothing is unimaginable.