Learn how human activities, driven by the release of gases that trap heat, have changed the Earth’s weather. Discover the big effects of global warming, extreme weather like storms, ocean becoming more sour, and more. See what might happen in the long run and why it’s important for everyone to take action on climate change.
How People Affect the Earth’s Weather and What Could Happen Later
Over time, what we humans do has made the Earth’s weather change. We’re going to look at what happens because of these changes and what might happen in the future.
One big thing that’s happening because of what people do is the Earth is getting hotter. This happens because we’re putting more of the gases that trap heat, like carbon dioxide and methane, into the air. This makes the weather more extreme, like longer and hotter heatwaves.
The Earth getting hotter also makes the weather go a little crazy. There are more big storms, longer times without rain, lots of floods, and more fires. This makes it harder for people and animals to live in their usual places.
The Ocean Gets Sour:
As we put more carbon dioxide into the air, some of it gets into the oceans. This makes the water a little sour, and that’s bad for ocean animals with shells, like coral. It can mess up the whole ocean food chain.
Water Rises Up:
Because things are getting hotter, ice at the North and South Poles is melting, and the water in the ocean is getting bigger because it’s warming up. This makes the water around the edges go higher and can cause problems for places near the sea.
Nature’s Plans Change:
With the weather changing, animals and plants have to change where they live and what they do. Some might not be able to change and could disappear.
With things getting hotter and different, diseases can spread to new places. This means people might get sick from diseases they’ve never had before.
Trouble for Food:
Changing weather can also make it harder to grow food. If it’s too hot or too rainy, crops like corn and wheat don’t grow well. This can make it hard for people to get enough to eat.
All these weather changes cost a lot of money. Buildings get damaged in big storms, and people spend more money on getting better when they’re sick. It’s also harder to work when it’s too hot or too wet.
Moving and Fighting:
Some people have to leave where they live because the weather gets too bad. This can cause problems and even fights when people move to new places.
Going Around in Circles:
Some of the changes in the weather can make the problem worse. For example, as ice melts, the Earth gets even hotter because it’s not as white and shiny. This makes more ice melt and more heat get trapped.
All of these changes are a big problem. If we keep putting more of the heat-trapping gases into the air, things could get even worse, and we might not be able to fix them. This could mean more crazy storms, places getting covered by water, and fights over things like food and water.
But if everyone works together to use less of these gases and find new ways to make energy, we can make things better. This way, we can stop the Earth from getting even hotter and avoid more problems in the future. It’s something we all need to do to keep our planet safe.
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