What is climate change?
This can be described as the long-term changes in global temperatures and other characteristics of the atmosphere. Throughout Earth’s existence climate has always steadily changed but now humans are causing a dramatic change in the Earth’s climate through activities such as: deforestation, burning fossil fuel and garbage, releasing carbon dioxide from car exhaust into the atmosphere and industrial activities.
These human activities cause a major increase in the Earth’s temperatures and if this does not change soon the Earth’s heat will become unbearable and can lead to the extinction of our home.
How does climate change affect living things?
The changes in our climate have affect all living things in one way or the other. Plants and animals’ life cycles have been affected, for example due to the warmer temperatures plants are blooming earlier than they should and surviving in the fall season when they should usually be shedding. Animals that hibernate are now waking sooner than they usually do.
These changes in the climate cause severe weather conditions such as:
intense drought, storms, heat waves, rising sea levels, melting glaciers and warming oceans. These conditions cause plants, animals and humans alike to lose their respective habitats.
How does climate change affect non-living things?
The severe changes that occur during climate change causes issues such as flooding, droughts, wild fires, erosion and landslides. This leads to loss of property, resources and livelihood for humans who need these things to live.