20. Surface Temperature
There are many people even in high ranking positions who don’t believe that global warming is real but sadly, this is not a myth or a widespread rumor. Global warming is real and the UK has recently declared a climate emergency. To make things even worse, UK based scientists are saying that it’s already too late to do something about it. If you want to learn more about global warming, then you have arrived at the right place because today we are going to present you the top 20 most shocking global warming facts.
You might be wondering why the world’s icebergs are melting at such a fast rate and the reason why this is happening is that global warming is increasing the Earth’s average surface temperature due to greenhouse gases that are being collected in the atmosphere like a thickening blanket which traps the sun’s heat.
19. Greenhouse Gasses
Since we previously mentioned greenhouse gases, we want to note that even though they are required to keep the heat close to the earth’s surface in order to make the planet livable for humans and animals, the increased number of factories all around the world are also speeding up global warming due to over-emittance and fossil fuels (gasoline, coal, natural oil).
18. Warm Temperatures
Does it feel like every summer and winter is getting hotter each year? British Columbia and Delhi scientists have reported all-time record June temperatures in 2019 with heatwaves beginning anew in the Northern Hemisphere. Not just that, February 26th, 2019 was the warmest winter day that the UK has ever experienced.
17. The Sinking Capital
Due to global warming, sea levels are rising at an alarming rate and Jakarta which is Indonesia’s capital is sinking as much as 25cm per year! This is why Indonesia has announced that it might need to move its capital city during the upcoming years.
16. The Wildlife Population
Humans are not the only ones affected by global warming, the wildlife is feeling it to. The average wildlife populations have dropped by 60% in just 40 years! This is worrying and if we don’t do something about it, the populations are going to keep dropping.
15. Polluted Atmosphere
Since there is an increased number in factories all over the world, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there is more carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere than at any time in human history! Scientists are saying that carbon dioxide levels are higher than 450ppm!
14. Climate Change Deaths
According to multiple reports, there have been more than 150,000 deaths in the last decade that are directly attributed to global warming. This is more than the population of a medium-sized city!
13. The United States
Even though Americans make up just 4% of the world’s population, they are responsible for producing up to 25% of the entire carbon dioxide pollution in the world. This comes from fossil-fuel burning.
12. The Sea Levels
Since all the ice is melting in the North and South pole, then no one should be shocked to find out that the sea levels have risen by about 8 inches during the last 40 years.
11. Melting Ice
Global warming has already made its mark on the planet with shrinking glaciers. Not just that, but frozen rivers lakes are now breaking earlier than they are supposed to. Plants and animal ranges have shifted the trees and are flowering sooner.
10. Heat Waves
Many people don’t know this but heat is the deadliest weather condition. This is why heatwaves caused by global warming is presenting greater risk of health-related illness and death. This is most frequently among people who have diabetes or who are older.
9. The Planet’s Resources
The planet’s resources are running out and according to scientists, it is believed that we will consume all of earth’s resources before 2019 ends! This is caused by deforestation, soil erosion, overfishing and also the CO2 build-up in the atmosphere.
8. Dengue Fever
Dengue is the world’s fastest-growing mosquito-borne virus and it is killing more than 10,000 people around each year! Thanks to the fact that the global temperatures are rising, the mosquitos which are carrying this disease are going to thrive in more places around the world and the virus will need a shorter incubation time.
7. Floods and Heavy Rains
The total number of floods and heavy rains has quadrupled since 1980! Not just that, but the number has doubled once again since 2004. Things are not looking good and the world’s leaders need to collectively agree to do something about global warming before it’s too late.
6. Extreme Weather Events
A group of UK based scientists have studied the data from 230 extreme weather events and they found out that nearly all of them were made more or likely by sever human-caused climate changes.
5. Carbon Emissions
Carbon emissions from global energy use and cars have increased by 2% in 2018 according to BP’s annual world energy study. The worrying thing about this is that carbon emissions are expected to keep growing for the years to come.
4. Migratory Birds
Migratory birds and insects are also feeling global warming and they are now arriving in the summer feeding and nesting grounds several days or weeks earlier than they did in the 20th century.
Another devastating thing that will happen thanks to global warming is the fact that agriculture is going to take a crippling blow. The growing seasons are going to change and the plants will be impacted by drought.
2. It’s Getting Hotter
The US Global Change Research Program is reporting that the average temperature in the United States has increased by 2 degrees in the last 50 years.
1. Coral Reefs
The last worrying fact that we want to share about global warming is that as the planet’s temperature is getting higher, this is putting coral reefs in danger. Scientists don’t believe that coral reefs will be able to adapt quickly to the temperature change.