Writing One’s Own Death Penalty: Climate Change is Causing More Natural Disasters
Some say that planet earth wrote her death sentence at the very moment she created human beings. Despite being her most precious creation, humans have been murdering it for centuries by destroying its natural environment. Climate change was an obvious outcome. The terrifying and devastating massive wave of natural disasters we have been experiencing in the past decade was the direct result of climate change resulted from those human activities.
What is Climate Change?
Climate Change is the phenomena of global weather change and climate effects associated with the elevation of the average global temperature.
In comparison with the pre-Industrial average, which was the average global temperature in the period between 1850 and 1900, today, the global temperature has increased in one degree Celsius. Only one degree Celsius, you might think. However, that change in mere one degree Celsius has already caused enough catastrophic natural disasters throughout the world taking millions of human lives.
What Causes Climate Change?
There have been slight changes in the climate throughout history due to natural causes such as orbital variations, ocean-atmosphere variations, plate tectonics, volcanism, and solar output. However, it is a known fact that a large portion of the blame for climate change is contributed to adverse human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels and the release of greenhouse gases and aerosols.
How Climate Change Increase Natural Disasters?
Scientific studies have shown that climate change causes extreme weather events that lead to more catastrophic natural disasters. They are disastrous because often they strike without warning and cause unimaginable damage.
- Cyclonic Storms
Global warming associated with climate change cause more powerful and ferocious cyclonic storms. The wind speed of these tropical storms is excessively higher because the temperatures of both the atmosphere and ocean surface are noticeably high. 1970 Bhola Cyclone was the deadliest hurricane in the recorded history, and it killed more than 500 000 human lives.
- Deadly Floods
The excessive rainfalls caused by those devastating storms and the glacial retreat cause massive floods. The China Flood, occurred in 1931 which killed between 1 million and 4 million lives, and it is considered as the deadliest flood ever.
- Severe Droughts
Climate change causes changes in rainfall patterns, increased heat, and less snowpack and those can result in severe droughts. Australia faced a significant water supply crisis during the 1997- 2009 Millennium Drought, and it was one of the most disastrous droughts world has experienced in recent history.
- Disastrous Blizzards
The elevation of the ocean surface temperature above the average amount due to climate change facilitates the amount of moisture flowing into a snowstorm and contributes to the growth of the storm. 1972 Iran Blizzard was the deadliest blizzard in recorded history. The death toll rose up to 4 000, and it completely covered 200 villages.
- Deadly Heat Waves
Heat waves are a significant adverse effect of climate change. The 2003 European Heat Wave killed 70 000 people, and it is recorded in the history as the deadliest heat wave since 1540.
It is evident that climate change is the reason for the increased amount of natural disasters, and that humans should take responsibility for their actions. Today, the global focus is on keeping temperatures from rising more than two degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average. It is essential to follow this plan because otherwise, the day that we all are wiped out from planet earth will not be very far. We will be writing our death penalty.