Is Climate Change making Natural Disasters worse?
Climate Change is a long-term change in the average weather patterns that have come to define Earth’s local, regional and global climates. These changes have a broad range of observed effects that are synonymous with the term.
Climate change is making natural disasters worse and more likely. It can cause weather patterns to be less predictable. Unexpected weather patterns make it difficult to grow and maintain crops in regions that rely on farming. In polar regions, ice sheets and glaciers are melting at an alarming rate from season to season. This contributes to sea levels rising in different regions of the planet. Together with expanding ocean waters due to rising temperatures, the resulting rise in sea level has begun to damage coastlines as a result of increased flooding and erosion.
Changes in climate not only affect average temperatures but also increases the likelihood of weather-related natural disasters. If global climate change causes the global average temperature to rise there will be less cold weather and a greater probability of hot weather. An increase in temperature variability will extend the extremes of temperature, both cold and hot. An increase in average temperature combined with an increased variance will have little effect on cold weather but hot weather will be more common & record hot weather will increase greatly.
The combined result of increased temperature over land, decreased equator-versus-pole temperature differences, and increased humidity could be increasingly intense cycles of droughts and floods as more of a region’s precipitation falls in a single large storm rather than a series of small ones. A warmer, wetter atmosphere could also affect tropical storms(hurricanes), but changes to tropical storms are harder to predict and track. Some scientists have speculated that a warmer climate that allows more intense storms to develop would also spawn more hurricanes. Even as a warming climate might decrease the overall number of storms that form, it could increase the number of intense storms.
Thus we have to take action against climate change as it is indeed a very serious problem!