7 Effects Of Climate Change 

Ariel Canie | October 6, 2022 | 5 min read

"Increasing magnitudes of warming increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive, and irreversible impacts."
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

7 Climate Change Effects of Climate Change Happening Right now

The Earth’s temperature has risen .14° Fahrenheit (0.08° Celsius) per decade since 1880. And according to NASA, NOAA and Berkeley Earth, the past seven years have been the hottest in recorded history.

While climate change has multiple contributing factors, the unfortunate truth is that most of those factors are due to human activity. Powering buildings, producing food, manufacturing goods, generating power and deforestation are just a few main causes of the Earth’s rising temperature. While a warmer planet wasn’t of much concern a few decades ago, climate experts and scientists have warned the public that if we stay on our current trajectory, we may only have until 2030 before we reach the global tipping point of no return.

7 Effects of Climate Change happening right now

Extreme heatwave

1. Temperature Extremes

Heatwaves are classified as prolonged periods of abnormally high temperatures. An estimated 1,300 Americans die from extreme heat each year, with that number expected to reach 50,000 by the year 2050. When left untreated, heatwaves can cause hyperthermia or heatstroke as well as an increase in cardiovascular, kidney and respiratory disorder hospital admissions. 

Coral reef fish

2. Biodiversity Loss

Warmer temperatures have a disastrous effect on the Earth's biodiversity. Natural disasters such as floods, forest fires and droughts are just a few factors caused by climate change that can cause habitat loss and food scarcity for various species of plants and animals. The Great Barrier Reef is an example of biodiversity loss due to coral bleaching and ocean acidification.

Agriculture crops

3. Food security

If you’re already overwhelmed by inflation, prepare for another rise in grocery costs due to climate change! With an increase in weeds and pests and a change in rainfall patterns, fish, livestock and crop yields will begin to decline. Prices however will continue to climb as a response to declining food production. 

bug on leaf

4. Increased Health Risks

Climate change is causing warmer temperatures and increased precipitation levels, making it possible for insects and other pests to breed and spread various diseases at astonishing rates. Lyme, dengue fever, West Nile virus and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are just a few concerning diseases that are spread easily amongst mosquitos, ticks and fleas.

flooding car

5. Extreme weather

As you may have noticed, heavy precipitation as well as flooding has already increased in many regions. Flash floods and flooding have even been marked as the second deadliest weather hazard in the United states. Living in areas affected by flooding can also increase respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and RSV pneumonia.

wildfire forest

6. FREQUENT WILDFIRES

Long periods of high temperatures cause droughts that contribute to dry conditions and uncontrollable wildfires. If that wasn’t bad enough, the smoke from wildfires releases carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and other volatile organic compounds into the air we breathe. Donating $1 towards forest fire recovery can help restore the forests lost to high-intensity fires. 

smokestacks

7. Air pollution 

The effects of climate change have been known to affect human health through ground-level ozone and particulate matter air pollution, which is associated with health risks such as lung infections, asthma and pre-mature deaths. Planting trees is a great way to keep our air clean by filtering out air pollutants such as carbon dioxide.

How can you help? Reforesting the planet is a great step that anyone can take to help fight climate change. Trees not only help reduce carbon emissions, but they also provide habitats to many species as well as filter pollutants from drinking water and reduce the risk of floods and landslides. Whether you’re volunteering your time at one of our many tree planting events or donating $1 to plant trees where they’re needed most, every tree planted helps!

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. For Treecember, we're planting trees that support a global forest fire recovery fund. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Reforest lands damaged by record-setting fires
  • Support healthy habitat for iconic biodiversity
  • Plant tree species that will help reduce future fire impact
  • This holiday season, we’re planting trees in areas around the world that have been severely affected by forest fires and aren't able to recover a healthy ecosystem on their own. The most common naturally-caused wildfires occur during droughts or dry weather, and under these circumstances, trees and other vegetation are converted to flammable fuel. Human-caused forest fires can be a result of various activities like unregulated slash and burn agriculture, equipment failure or engine sparks, and discarded cigarettes.

    After wildfires, reforestation is essential in areas where the fire intensity burned off available seed supply within the soil, and/or where there are not enough healthy trees still growing and producing new seeds nearby. Reforestation starts once professional assessments have been made to determine where human intervention would be the most ecologically beneficial. Help restore these vital ecosystems by planting a tree. 🌿
  • Every year, forest fires are increasing in size and severity, damaging vital ecosystems and creating a need for millions of trees. Some major consequences of forest fires include significant loss of wildlife, loss of vegetation, soil erosion, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.

    With so much fire damage, reforestation is essential to catalyze the environmental recovery process. The trees are carefully planted to prevent invasive species from colonizing burn scars and restore quality habitat for native biodiversity. One Tree Planted is connecting with on-the-ground partners to establish viable reforestation projects when the recently affected regions are ready for planting. This fund will contribute to planting projects in British Columbia, Idaho, Ghana, Portugal, and beyond. Let's get to work! 🌲
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • To maximize the impact of your donation, our partners on the ground will determine the most appropriate species of tree and shrubs. We only plant native tree species that will restore the local ecosystem, re-establish wildlife habitat, and reduce the likelihood of future fires.

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