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It is without a doubt that one can prudently point a finger at human beings as the main cause of global warming whose effects have been severely felt in recent years. There has been a steady increase in both the Earth’s average atmospheric temperature and its waters a factor that is believed to negatively affect the earth’s climate. In our discussion, we are going to consider sea rising levels as a result of global warming and the effect this has on recreation, coastal areas, and ecosystems.
Rising Sea Level:
As a result of global warming, water bodies are heated and thus expand taking more space. Melting of ice sheets and glaciers such as those in Antarctica and Greenland also add excess water to the oceans hence adding up to the rising sea Level (Silverstein, 2009). Statistics done over the past century show that the world’s average sea level rose by approximately 7 inches.
Consequences of Rising Sea Level:
- Coastal regions- rising sea level threatens the coastlines and their infrastructure.
People who live on the coastlines are adversely affected by floods since the Low lying areas frequently experience flooding as some get to the extent of being submerged completely. Strong storms which accompany rising sea levels completely wipe out certain beaches and islands.
- Ecosystems- most living organisms live in areas with specific climate conditions. A change in climate affects the makeup of an entire ecosystem. In an Aquatic ecosystem just like any other ecosystem, every plant and animal plays a major role and the ecosystem is largely affected by rising sea temperatures which affects the ecosystem’s effectiveness.
A good example is a reduction in coral reefs due to warmer waters and increased acidity caused by the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that affects the habitat of many sea creatures (Silverstein, 2009).
- Recreation – warmer temperatures cause heat waves, droughts, and coastlines which affect people’s jobs, hobbies, and recreational activities. Rising sea levels wash away beaches as opportunities for ice fishing, skiing, and other winter sports are reduced, According to my view, to curtail this problem a lot has to be done about the impact human activities have on the environment. More than 90% of factors that cause pollution are a result of human activities. Accumulation of carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide which cause global warming is a rresult of human activities. People should find alternatives to those activities that lead to the emission of such gases and take control measures that help reduce the effect of such submission such as the use of gas absorbers among others.
- Silverstein, A. (2009). Global warming. Minneapolis: Twenty-first century Books.