25 Of The Biggest Worries About Climate Change

Heatwaves

Heatwaves

Heatwaves are getting both more frequent and last for a longer period of time than they used to.

Potential Disease

Potential Disease

First world countries like the United States have a greater risk of diseases spread by mosquitos. This includes things like dengue fand even malaria.

H2O

H2O

The availability of fresh water is slowly decreasing.

Tropical Storms

Tropical Storms

Big storms are becoming more and more common.

Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs

The number of coral reefs in the world will be hugely impacted if current trends continue. Not the least of which is Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Air Pollution

Air Pollution

Air quality standards are becoming continuously harder to maintain. That's not just in China. There's already places in the USA where standards are not being met.

Glaciers

Glaciers

Glaciers are melting. In fact, this has been occurring for a long time now, ever since the industrial revolution began.

Islands Being Engulfed

Islands Being Engulfed

With rising sea water, comes small islands being swallowed by the ocean. This isn't just something that may happen many years after we're gone. There are already some islands in the Pacific getting evacuation plans in to place.

It Cost Money

It Cost Money

It costs a lot of money. To address many of the associated issues, climate change is predicted to cost somewhere in the vicinity of $300 billion dollars by 2030.

Respiratory Issues

Respiratory Issues

Studies have proven that seasons during which people suffer from allergies (whether in the northern or southern hemisphere) is getting longer.

Disease From Food

Disease From Food

There's a greater risk of diseases spread by food such as salmonella.

Developing Countries

Developing Countries

People in developing countries are finding it more and more difficult in agricultural matters, meaning they have to move which in turn, causes more conflict and unrest.

There's More Mosquitos

There's More Mosquitos

Not only are the diseases we mentioned earlier more common, but there's also more mosquitos to do the transmitting.

Natural Disasters

Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are on the rise. Not just flooding and the storms we've already mentioned, but wildfires pose an increasing risk too.

Drought

Drought

Droughts are becoming increasingly common and you don't need to be a rocket scientist to know the flow-on effects of this.

Shipping Lanes

Shipping Lanes

Due to melting ice, there are shipping lanes which could open up where before there were none. While this might sound like a good thing in theory, there are many experts who point to the potential for conflict and issues concerning sovereignty.

Changes

Changes

Many of the changes which the planet is undergoing cannot be remedied later. Once it's done, it's done.

Human Migration

Human Migration

Some people are going to have to move inland or to a different land altogether. At the same time, the arid regions are expanding and so other people will be moving in the opposite direction. This is sure to cause problems.

War

War

Not only do these problems include a strain of resources, but the whole flow-on effect includes conflict.

Iceless Arctic

Iceless Arctic

Experts predict that by 2050, during summer, the Arctic will have no ice at all.

The Oceans

The Oceans

The CO2 in the air means that the planet's oceans are becoming more acidic. This is bad news for lots of marine life, of course ...and yeah, that is bad news for us!

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Those at greatest risk people-wise are the elderly and children. It is these age groups which will have the most difficult time adjusting to the availability of food and changes in climate.

Polar Bears

Polar Bears

Polar bears need ice to hunt for their food. With all of the ice that's breaking up and melting, it's making it harder and harder for these guys to eat.

Extinctions

Extinctions

By the end of this century, experts predict that one third of all animal and plant species they've currently got their eyes on (deemed at risk by the International Panel on Climate Change)will be extinct.

Planet Divide

Planet Divide

The whole thing is predicted to drive a greater gap between rich nations and poor nations.