Climate change is happening much faster than we thought. In fact, scientists haven't even fully documented the extent of everything that's happening now from polar ice caps melting to rising global temperatures. It may be time to start preparing yourself for what the future may hold, since many areas that were once habitable now lie beneath the ocean. There are many natural disasters we haven't thought much about.
Sea levels have risen faster than scientists ever expected. If this continues at the current rate, it may cause serious problems in coastal areas. Droughts and flooding will become more frequent with more intense weather events also taking place. Fish may die off much more rapidly than we thought or they may not be able to survive their habitats anymore.
We are still living in an age where the human race can recover from any disaster or loss without a miracle. But one thing we cannot recover from is destruction of our natural ecosystems. In its current state, our planet is vulnerable to disaster at every moment of its every day. We are losing more than just biodiversity, we are losing our way of life. It is time to act fast and protect our natural resources before it's too late. It’s a scary future to look forward to, but we must be prepared. Here are 5 natural disasters we should be worried about but aren’t right now.
Natural Disaster #1 - Rising Sea Levels
Rising sea levels, both today and in the past, have profound economic and social consequences. These impacts are often felt far away from the coastlines they've already damaged. Sea-level rise can cause both coastal flooding and erosion of land, which affects local infrastructure such as roads and bridges. It can unleash powerful forces of nature, such as tsunamis or giant waves making it harder to get to safety.
Climate change is happening faster than we’ve ever thought possible. Recent studies show coastal areas around the world are falling faster than ever before. The rate of sea-level rise is accelerating, with 100 locations potentially facing permanent flooding within the next century. If business owners and residents in coastal areas don't act fast, rising seas could threaten every industry — including tourism, which brings $42 billion in revenue to the US every year.
Here in the US, Massachusetts is ground zero for rising sea levels. With the highest tides in the nation, Massachusetts is at a clear risk for coastal flooding. Sea levels are rising, which means more water is pooling into our coastal cities, and some of our country’s oldest and most iconic cities are at risk.
Natural Disaster #2 - Drought
Water is now becoming an essential resource, because we need to use it responsibly. We are now in a state of ‘water poverty’, and some people are going to great lengths to ensure they have enough water.
It’s a global issue. Experts believe that the major drought will continue to worsen across the next few years. Climate change is also going to be impacting rainfall levels. Perhaps most frighteningly, researchers predict that the drought will lead to an increased chance of conflict due to water scarcity in some regions of the world.
The situation in Syria is grave, and there are reports of huge water shortages in some areas. Some are resorting to selling off their water rights to pay for their daily needs; others are arguing that we should be using more of our renewable resources like solar and wind power rather than relying solely on groundwater extraction and desalination.
The situation with water is getting worse and worse. With fresh water sources running dry, and the looming threat of drought is on us, you may have to make some hard decisions. Are you doing everything you can at home to be more sustainable?
Natural Disaster #3 - Weather Events
Climate change has become a major issue, with record-breaking heat waves, devastating droughts and rising sea levels. It's no longer a topic for jokes either - last year NYC was hit by a record-breaking blizzard that lasted several weeks. While you might think this is all an April Fools joke, climate scientists confirm we are already seeing effects of climate change across our planet. The consequences of not taking action could be disastrous - not only for our planet, but for our economy as well.
Weather events occur across the world; fire, floods, and storms are common threats. In recent years fires have devastated many homes and put people at risk. Some days in the UK are classified as ‘major incidents’. As we approach these days weathermen are often stressing that these events may happen again, but how can you best prepare?
In some places around the world, many people are in full preparation mode. Some are making sure that their homes, offices, or cars are equipped with proper storm protection such as heat-resistant shutters and metal roofs to prevent any loss or damage from thieves or weather events. As the weather intensifies and governments and law enforcement continue to scratch their heads, you must be vigilant to look after yourself and your family.
Natural Disaster #4 - Water Pollution (dead ocean?)
It’s no secret that pollution is a growing problem. Some of the most developed countries in the world are still struggling to maintain the best quality of water for their citizens. Even here in the United States there are cities where you’re not supposed to drink water from the tap. We can take a look at other countries where water pollution has caused major problems in the past and get an idea of where we might be headed.
Thailand is a beautiful country with a lot to offer. From its world-famous beaches to the iconic Thai hospitality, everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. However, despite its prestige, there is a certain problem affecting much of the country’s water supply.If you take a trip to Thailand right now you will notice that the water on the street is not as clean as it should be. The very near sea has high levels of contamination caused by industrial factories and agriculture. This type of pollution affects not only the environment but also many people's enjoyment of life.
Water pollution is a big problem! It affects many things, including the air we breathe, the earth that plants grow on, and our very own human health.
Natural Disaster #5 - Toxic Air
Air quality affects our health in many surprising ways. If you're like the rest of us and spend significant amounts of time outdoors, you're aware of the frequent impacts of pollution on your psyche and physical health. Yet there's still much we don't know about the effects of air pollution on our health so let's look at some of the most recent research.
Airborne particles known as "particulates" are the most dangerous air pollutants, according to a report published by Harvard University's Toxbase. These tiny solid particles can form when hot exhaust or smoke from a firework or other chemical react with droplets in the air, floating in those droplets until they form suspended in fine sediment and form a fine cloud or rain cloud. These particulates can remain airborne for several hours and can be transported hundreds of miles by human-made industrial activity, including shipping containers traveling on roads and trains, fire engines operating in urban areas, and even commercial aircraft.
Air quality affects your health in myriad ways. It increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, asthma attacks and even cancer. New data from the World Health Organization has confirmed what many have suspected for years -- air pollution is a leading cause of death and disability in major cities like Beijing, Delhi, Los Angeles and London.