Global Warming Is Causing Catastrophic Flooding

The water levels rise higher and higher every year, as more ice melts at the poles.

A polar bear, two penguins, and a seal rest on what little ice remains in the Arctic.

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A polar bear, two penguins, and a seal rest on what little ice remains in the Arctic.

Ethan McNickles, Staff Writer

As rapid industrialization and urbanization increase in the modern day, global warming poses a massive threat to coastlines and low-sea level areas around the globe. As humans burn more fossil fuels and pump more toxicity into the atmosphere, the planet and our coastline communities will suffer.

A few months ago, Pakistan and Germany were devastated by large flooding that ravaged their countries.

At the same time as this, there has been a recent trend in which climate change activists have protested in ways such as splashing canned soup and other things on famous paintings, and in a more extreme act, forcibly connecting themselves to the ground.

Scientists have now started predicting that climate change is irreversible and us humans are in for the long run. As more species go extinct and we cut down more trees, one can only ask the question, how much more can our planet and the species that live on it take?

Places in Fitchburg, MA, were flooded recently and the damage is extensive (WCVB/Chris Gauthier)

Another example of the devastating power of climate change is how different our coastlines will look if a good chunk of the ice on the Earth melted. Many notable cities like Boston, New York City, Atlantic City, and pretty much the entire eastern coast of America would be underwater if the rate of global warming continues.

The flooding would be so severe that it would force 10s of millions of people to move inland, as humans would try to run from our own mistakes.

Let’s not forget the magnitude of what climate change and global warming has done to our planet and the species in it– hundreds of species have gone extinct or are on the verge of going extinct because of the mess humans have created. Let’s not forget about the Amazon Rainforest as millions of trees have been cut down and destroyed and the rainforest keeps burning every single day.

Then there’s also the ice caps, as the North Pole is melting at an incredibly alarming rate. New things are being discovered in the ice that have been frozen for thousands of years. Not long ago for example, scientists discovered an ancient virus that had been in a deepfreeze for millennia. Not only that, but this is also the Polar Bears natural habitat, so they are actively losing their land as the ice melts and the land warms up, which is incredibly destructive to the bears way of life.

Hydropower helping global energy markets incorporate solar and wind energy into the power. (Image by Shutterstock/Alberto Masnovo.)

There are plenty of ways to avoid burning fossil fuels. One of them is wind power, another is solar power, and another is hydroelectric power. We should be focusing on finding ways for society and productional means to switch over to these renewable energy sources instead of continuously pumping tons of poison into the air that only destroys the environment and other organisms, but is also bad for our own health.

Scientists have already projected that Climate Change and Global Warming are already irreversible at this point, and all we can really do is to slow it down until the inevitable happens. The question is, can we as humans pull together and give our planet one more breath of fresh air?