Into the fire: The alarming effects of climate change

Delhiwallas may have learnt to live with 43 degree heat, but Europe is wilting in the heat as a record heatwave continues to sweep across the northern hemisphere, causing forest fires, droughts and people to suffocate. Climate change is impacting what farmers can grow and what fishing boats can catch. As the planet gets warmer, some colder, northern regions in the world are benefiting from these changes, but the tropical and equatorial regions will be the worst hit
Curated by: Madhu Kapparath
Published: Aug 16, 2018
Into the fire: The alarming effects of climate change

Image by : NASA via Reuters

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A deep rift across the Larsen C Ice Shelf at the Antarctic Peninsula. Earth is at the risk of tipping into a ‘hothouse’ state beyond which human efforts to reduce emissions will be increasingly futile, leading climate scientists have warned. These tipping points include thawing permafrost, weakening carbon sinks, loss of methane hydrates from ocean floor, melting ice sheets, the loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic and the Antarctic. To avoid a catastrophe, we need not only reduce emissions, but create new carbon stores – by planting forests, conserving biodiversity and creating technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the air.