Water levels are rising. When the water level rises, it affects us. Why the water levels are rising, affects us.
What causes the water levels to rise???
One of the main reasons to why water levels are rising is because of global warming. Global warming happens because of the overload of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). The overload of Carbon Dioxide is the effect of when we burn fossil fuels like coal and oil. Once more and more Carbon Dioxide seeps into our atmosphere, it acts like a large blanket wrapping around the earth and slowly (and quietly) warming everything and changing the weather in different places while slowly becoming (a) thicker (blanket with) the more carbon we release. When the earth warms up, the polar caps melt which leads to the rise of water.
After the global warming helps to melt the ice, thermal expansion comes in. Do you know what thermal expansion is? It’s one of the primary causes of rising sea levels, too. Thermal expansion in water is the process of when the water gets its temperature increased and it expands (happens with ice melting as well).
What happens when the water level rises???
Well, you know that polar bears live on ice, rights? So their homes are pretty much melting which leads the polar bear sin a very difficult position which sometimes means risking their lives.
Have you heard of Greenland? It’s known as one of the largest islands in the world to have its land all covered with ice and snow. Funny, huh? Greenland is covered with snow and Iceland is all covered with everything just sunshine? That’s another story for another time. Anyways, back to the topic, Greenland is slowly melting! They almost classify Greenland as a continent can you imagine if that whole place melted? Plus, there would be thousands of people who would lose their homes and have to move out of Greenland, approximately 56,239 people.
How about the beaches and other cities? Water will rise up and eat away the sands. Water will rise up and destroy homes of people. Have you seen Venice?! There are already a few roads slowly being flooded with water. We might be swimming to work!
What’s being done
Maybe we could refreeze the ice caps or the glaciers. What I’m really amazed about is how people are preparing for the ‘big flood’. One of the inventions that’s been made is concrete which takes in a certain amount of liters every second.
Here are a few ways to slow down the sea level rise, according to TakePart:
The study highlights that by reducing emissions of four specific pollutants—methane, tropospheric ozone, hydrofluorocarbons and black carbon—we could possibly prevent the rate of sea level rise by approximately 25 to 50 percent.
Which means less fracking, cutting back on motor vehicle exhaust, industrial emissions and chemical solvents, including windshield washer fluid, creating fewer CFCs and cutting back on anything that creates smoke or soot.
Does it sound simple? We’ve got to try…