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Climate Change’s New Reality
Where ever you live, there is a good chance that you have noticed a change in the climate. These changes can range from higher temperature to rising water levels.
Though we’ve (as humans) made progress on how climate change affects us and our ecosystems, there is still a lot to learn. For example what are the true consequences, how can we adapt, and more importantly how can we stop or at the very least slow down the change. The following articles feature shine a light on how climate change has displaced homes and what could be the new norm.
In this first article from NPR, a reporter makes a visit to the small island of Ghoramara in India. During his visit, he notes that this island once housed around 40,000 people, but has dwindled down to around 3,000 due to the rising tides in the past few decades. While some have moved on, there are others who continue to live on the island and are trying to adapt to the new reality.
In the next article (also from NPR), it explains a different effect of how climate change is changing weather patterns, particularly on this year’s El Nino in California. It also mentions how this year’s rains, or lack of rain, was a bust and that they didn’t get the rain they were expecting. However there were higher tides and warmer waters, which could be a side effect of the change. This El Nino side effects could be seen as a window into what could be the new norm as temperature continues to warm i.e. floods, erosion, and wildlife habitats.
Again, there is still a lot to learn and understand. If you’re interested in learning more about climate change and its effects or dive deeper into how scientist and researchers using data/research to help predict what’s to come, check out these books at the Elsevier Store for related titles to this subject.
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Evidence- Based Climate Science examines scientific data concerning patterns and causes of past global climate change-including the influences of changes in ocean temperatures, the effect of solar variation, and the effect of CO2 -as counterevidence to the theory that CO2 is the primary cause behind global warming
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