The topic of Climate Change is a much talked about and often controversial topic in contemporary America. It stirs passionate debate on both sides of the argument, those that are convinced that it is our activity on this planet that is hastening its arrival, and those that vehemently deny any human fault in the changing climate. Both camps have gone to great and at times over the top lengths to prove their argument correct. For the most part, the argument that climate change is happening seems to be winning the day. Evidence is abundant in the erratic weather that the world is experiencing, from record droughts to devastating and more frequent floods, the picture is clear, climate change has arrived, the only intertwined questions are, are we to blame? and Can we do anything about it? This article will explore the effect that climate change is having on far flung areas of the globe that are increasingly connected by their shared suffering at the hands of mother nature.
7 The Alps
The Alps, encompassing a significant portion of central Europe and the nations of Italy, Austria and Switzerland have begun to feel the effect of a warmer world due to climate change. Over the last 50 years, the Alps have lost as much as 40% of their snow and ice. This is a region that relies heavily on ski tourism, without snow and ice, the industry will suffer and jobs will be lost. That is not the greatest threat posed by the shrinking ice. Alpine glaciers retain a large percentage of fresh water, without them numerous countries will suffer from water stress and subsequent food shortages as farming and agriculture is affected by the lack of water.
5 New York City
California is usually associated with the positive trends of beach culture and a generally laid back existence. This idyll has been shattered by the suffocating wild fires the state has thus far been subjected to. According to climate scientists the trend will only get worse. California being semi-arid to arid has always faced issues with water stress. Add in rising temperatures and you have a recipe for more misery and less relief. As the snow peaks in the Sierra Nevada retreat like so many others around the world, California will be subjected to an immense water stress situation. The fact that the state supplies America with 1/3 of fruit and vegetables consumed should only heighten the urgency to alleviate the climate issues endangering the most populous and richest by GDP state in the country.