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.
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.
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.
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).