Global climate change

The future consequences

Causes of the climate change

Scientists have discovered that humans are causing this warming...

  • Pollution is one of the biggest problems
  • Burning fossil fuels. Are fuels made of organic matter such as oil. When are burned they give off a green house gas called CO2.
  • Population. More people means more food, and more methods of transportation.

Effects of the global warming

Some of the impacts of global change:

North America: decreasing snow in the western mountains; increased intensity and duration of heat waves in cities.

Latin America: risk of species extinction in many tropical areas; changes in water availability, agriculture and energy generation.

Increased risk of coastal flooding and increased sea level rise; extensive species losses; reductions of agriculture productivity in south of Europe.

Africa: yields from rain-fed agriculture could be reduced by up to 50%; agricultural production, including access to food, may be compromised.

Asia: freshwater availability could to decrease; coastal areas will be at risk due to increased flooding; death from disease of floods and droughts is expected to rise.

But, what can I do?

Turn off lights when you do not need them.
Disconnect power vampires, many appliances and electronics suck energy even when they are not on.
Bikes are a great form of green transportation.
Recycling helps.
Use fans. They use much less power than air conditioning. Sweaters, blankets, and socks are good for you and better for the planet.