Every species, every habitat and every region of the planet Earth is affected by climate change. Polar regions, oceans and forests are simply being destroyed. Raising awareness about what is truly happening is a vital part of the fight against climate change.
The regions of the Arctic and Antarctica are critical when it comes to regulating the Earth’s climate. At the same time, they are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change. It brings worldwide consequences.
Recent reports predict that, in the next decades, there will be no ice in the Arctic during the summer. The impact will devastate habitats and species, and probably several regions in the northern hemisphere.
In the Antarctic Peninsula, some areas are among the fastest-warming locations on the entire planet.
Oceans are natural absorbents of enormous amounts of carbon dioxide. This prevents it from reaching the upper part of the atmosphere.
However, the average water temperature is increasing drastically and the concentrations of carbon dioxide are much higher than normal. Because of this, the oceans are now more acidic.
Once the oceans warm up by 1.5ºC, coral reefs will decline by up to 90%. At a warming of 2ºC, the oceans will lose almost all of their coral reefs. Countless species will suffer from this tragedy and over half a billion people will be stripped of their main source of protein.
Trees are vital to soak up carbon dioxide. Needless to say, forests are the home of an astounding array of animal and plant species.
Boreal forests in the sub-Arctic regions are the ones most affected. As temperatures rise, their tree lines gradually move up north. When it comes to tropical forests, where the abundance of biodiversity is higher and more significant, climate change can lead to more and more extinctions.
Nowadays, incredibly large parcels of forest are devastated, which is tragic for local species and communities that depend on them. Trees are supposed to absorb carbon dioxide. But dying trees emit their storages into the atmosphere.
This is the first generation to be fully aware that it’s destroying the world. We are on the course to being the last one to know about it.