Consequences of Climate Change
“Climate Change is affecting our planet, our lives and public health”
Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia.
NOAA Data Show 2016 Warmest Year on Record Globally
1. Increased atmosphere and ocean temperatures
2. Melting of polar ice, diminishing the amounts of snow and sea ice.
3. Ocean Acidification
4. Rising sea level as a result of melting polar ice, glaciers, and thermal expansion by increasing ocean temperature.
5. Changes in deep-ocean circulation as a result of melting polar ice & glaciers, which will increase freshwater producing density changes.
6. Changes in atmospheric circulation patterns
7. Changes in precipitation (floods & droughts)
8. Intense hurricane activity
9. Coastal Erosion
10. Changes in seawater chemistry, which impact marine life.
11. Coral Reef degradation
12. Decline in Flora and Fauna diversity
13. Socio-economic impacts (human migration, damaged infrastructure, increasing losses to industry, heat-related mortality and illness, scarcity of food and water, etc.)
14. Human Health will be severely affected, increasing diseases.