These are 11 surprising effects of global warming and the climate change its causing. Because it hasn’t been getting cold enough during the winter to kill them all off, bark beetles have decimated an area roughly the size of Washington State since 1996. And since trees need CO2 to live, the rising levels of carbon dioxide gas in the atmosphere is actually making trees grow more quickly.In 2010 Pakistan looked like a haunted house after extreme monsoons poured almost a decade’s worth of rain on parts of the country in just one week. The water was so slow to recede that millions of spiders resorted to building massive webs throughout the trees.And ticks that carry and transmit lyme disease are thriving in a warming climate increasing their range and amount of people they can infect.”Lusher” vegetation growth typically associated with the United States is now becoming more common in Canada. Another good reason to contemplate a move to Canada is that, due to the extreme weather events of recent years, homeowner insurance rates are rising up to 10% in the United States.
The president of the tiny island of Kiribati has a plan to move his entire country’s population of 103,000 people to Fiji’s main island, buying 6,000 acres there to give his citizens a place to escape to should already threatening sea levels eventually flood Kiribati completely.All the melting ice that’s causing sea level rise is opening up new, shorter shipping routes through the arctic, allowing certain nations to move goods to each other more quickly.With warming water temperatures, pink salmon are now spawning earlier than previously recorded.Scientists have linked this behavioural change to a shift in the genetic makeup of the fish.Because habitat loss is causing its number of prey to dwindle, tiger attacks on humans on India’s Sundarban Islands have been increasing as the jungle cats are forced into villages to look for food.
And scientists have found that an increase in temperatures has caused some fish, amphibians, and reptiles that live in warming climates to grow into smaller-sized adults than they normally would be.If these facts surprised you as much as they surprised me, like this video to help more more people see and understand the interconnectivity of our planet.Thanks for watching, for The Daily Conversation, I’m Bryce Plank.