Why you need to care about climate change – now
The facts link global warming to increasingly destructive and deadly weather
Around the world, scientists are tracking storms that are bigger, heat that is more intense and droughts that last longer.
It’s climate change at work, and we can curb it. Here are the facts.
Global warming changes climate
Human activity – mainly burning fossil fuels and chopping down forests – has caused temperatures to rise worldwide. That’s global warming.
The warmer atmosphere triggers climate change, or shifts in normal climate patterns. Such deviations can result in more severe weather.
Changes breed intense weather
Hotter air increases ocean evaporation. A warmer atmosphere also can hold more water, which can intensify weather events.
Heatwaves are stronger. Storm surges rise higher. Blizzards bring more snowfall. The number of natural disasters has doubled in the past few decades – 90 percent of them are weather related.
These intensified episodes can cause greater destruction to property and loss of life.
The threat is global and urgent
Such changing conditions have consequences. Coral reefs are dying. Forests are crumbling. Arctic animals, such as polar bears, are losing the sea ice they call home.
We, too, feel the effects. Climate change threatens our agriculture, health, water supply, infrastructure and more.
No part of the world is immune.
Here’s how you can help
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Climate change is worldwide
From tiny islands to massive continents, climate change touches every part of the world.