7 Images showing some real and very disturbing effects of global warming
Our planet is fighting a battle for its existence and one of the biggest problems is global warming.
Global warming is the rise of Earth’s average surface temperature. Most common factors that cause this rise in temperature are greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, fossil fuels, pollution and deforestation. These things trap the heat that is supposed to leave the Earth, thereby making Earth hotter and hotter every second.
There are people who deny that global warming even exists. But these 7 images are going to prove otherwise for people who say there is nothing like global warming. And mind you these images show some real and quite worrisome effects of global warming!
1 The San Blas archipelago in Panama, 2002 and 2014
The San Blas is a group of islands or archipelago in Panama. It has approximately 378 islands of which only 49 are inhabited. Though these islands are a part of Panama, they are far away from the civilization as we know it.
Global warming is causing the sea levels to rise and it is posing a threat to the indigenous population of the islands and it is possible that they might have to leave their homes, because there might not be any landmass left soon.
2 Arctic ice, 1980 and 2012
One of the biggest effects of global warming is the level of shrinking ice on the Artic. The average temperatures are rising twice as fast here as anywhere in the world.
The biggest single block of ice in the Arctic known as the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf which has been around for 3,000 years, started cracking in 2000. Within two years it had split all the way through and is now breaking into pieces.
3 The Enterprise Bridge Oroville in 2011 (left) 2014 (right)
The Enterprise Bridge in Oroville, California shows one of the more horrific sights of effects of global warming and drought. The state of California is drying up quickly and farmers are losing around $800 millions in crop revenue and watching most of their crops being destroyed by wildfire.
As seen in the pictures, the Bidwell Marina over which the bridge is constructed, has become almost empty in just over a period of 3 years.
4 Aral Sea, 1989 and 2014
These images from a NASA satellite shows the difference between the water levels in the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan. Its biggest water basin has completely dried up.
700 years ago, the sea was in the same position as today, but it bounced back to become the 4th largest lake in the world. But this time, such a bounce back seems impossible. The sea is actually a lake filled with salty water. And since it is a terminal lake with no outflowing river, it is very sensitive to any kind of changes in climate.
The drying up of the sea has been because of excessive irrigation done by the Soviet Union, which prevented water from reaching the lake. And this coupled with the global warming, has made the lake is lose its water faster than previously expected.
5 1880s and 2005: Alaskan Muir Glacier and Inlet
You can clearly see the difference between the Alaskan Muir Glacier and inlet. Global warming has caused the Glacier to melt away almost completely. In 1941, the ice was about 1000m (3000 feet) deep, and 3 km (1.8 miles) wide. Muir Glacier has retreated 20 km (12 miles) between 1941 and 2004.
What was once a 1.8 miles wide glacier, now has become a beach with cobbles and pebble deposits left behind by the glacier. Instead of glacier and ice, now there are dense vegetation and water resources.
6 1920 and 2008: Grinnell Glacier Overlook in Montana
After 100 years of climate change, only 25 out of 150 glaciers in the Montana Glacier National Park exist today. The photos show that global warming has reduced what was once miles and meters of thick ice into sediments, pastures and lakes.
This climate change is threatening the flora and fauna like fish, etc which are dependent on the ice for their survival. It is estimated that by 2030, all of the park’s glaciers will have melted.
7 1930s and 2005: Alaskan Pedersen Glacier
These images have been taken by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and show the difference in the appearance of the glaciers by 125 years.
But the biggest damage done to any glacier is the Pedersen Glacier, which has almost completely vanished and has been replaced by vegetation such as grass, sediments and other things. Pedersen Glacier’s terminus has retreated more than 2 kilometers (1.24 miles).
Now, you see that the effects are global warming are all real and for everybody to see. The world is trying to cope with this catastrophic phenomenon, for if temperatures keep rising like this, nothing will be left.