What are the implications of global warming?

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Payal Khullar eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Global warming or the rapid rise in temperature of earth’s atmosphere and oceans, is the most severe issue the world is facing today. Global Warming has implications in many areas of existence including;


  • Rise in temperature will cause polar ice caps to melt, which will be followed by a rise in the sea levels. Not only will we lose the glaciers in the Polar Regions, the rise in sea level will ultimately cause nearby coastal areas to submerge.


  • Temperature changes and irregularities have an adverse effect on the weather. More storms, Tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, volcanic eruptions, draughts, forest fires, irregular rainfalls etc. are predictable. This will ultimately have an adverse effect on the human settlement, crop production and even world economies.


  • Many valuable plant and animal species (that are adapted to live in particular temperature conditions) will get endangered and might even extinct. This will consequently disturb the food chain, many natural cycles and ecosystem in total. Vegetation and biodiversity loss will be accompanied by desertification.


  • Rise in temperature will increase the breeding of insects and mosquitoes. Deadly diseases will easily spread and cause massive destruction of human population across the world. The most predictable diseases to spread as a result of global warming are Plague, Cholera, Tuberculosis, Ebola, etc. Underdeveloped countries that are not well acquainted with good health services will suffer the most.



With so many irreversible effects on the ecosystems around the word, it will not be wrong to say that global warming might potentially cause our Earth to face some unseen, unexpected damages that we may be not even prepared to handle.


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