World Environment Day 2018: How climate change is affecting our planet and lives

05 June 2018, 12:53 PM
World Environment Day: How is climate change affecting our lives (Photo: thinkprogress.org)
World Environment Day: How is climate change affecting our lives (Photo: thinkprogress.org)

The Indian state of Kerala recently came under the attack of deadly Nipah Virus and at least 16 people lost their lives. The puzzling viral attack continued to wreak havoc in the state with no antidote available to contain the outbreak.

This was just one case but there are many others mosquito, tick and flea-borne illnesses which were on the rise across the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the reason behind this rise is warming temperatures and changing rain patterns.

Since 2004, there was a three-fold rise in the diseases caused by mosquitos, ticks and fleas. However, the report didn’t mention climate change as a cause behind this but experts claimed the changing climate patterns were in part to blame,

With temperatures and rain patterns changing due to climate change, some disease-carrying insects like mosquitos and ticks can spread into wider territories rapidly.

Climate change is causing sea level rise

Due to the soaring CO2 emission, the rising water of our oceans will continue to accelerate inundating all the coastal cities of the world. Carbon burning is adding extra heat to the world which causes it to warm up and when water warms up, it expands.

Also the ice sheets on land in Greenland and Antarctica were melting rapidly due to the soaring temperature, adding more water to the oceans.

Mountains matter

The mountains are not just tourist and adventure junkies’ attraction but half the world’s population depends on mountain ecosystems. Yet, the climate change is threatening the continued existence of its ecosystems. For the sake of our future generations, it’s time for us to protect the world’s mountains.

First Published: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 12:28 PM
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