There has recently been alarming evidence that the climate crisis might be much worse than people think. People across the world, in every continent, are experiencing weather catastrophes the likes of which have never been seen before. These kinds of calamities destroy crops, make land uninhabitable, cause mass migration and cause as injury as well as disease. The public should be made more aware of the changes at hand now before it is caught by surprise shortly.
Deadly Heatwaves Across the Globe
When you hear that the killer heatwaves that have been plaguing Europe are “the new normal”, you can tell the earth’s climate is changing drastically. European countries have historically been the coolest regions on the planted, but heatwaves are now a common thing. India experienced its longest-lasting heatwave in the summer of 2019. It led to the deaths of 36 people. That number is better than 2017 numbers, with more than 250 people dying from heat exhaustion. That, in turn, was better than the summer of 2015 when more than 2,400 people died. Part of the government’s 2016 initiative involved painting roofs white to reflect sunlight. Further measures like establishing water kiosks and adjusted hours for outdoor workers significantly reduced these numbers.
Climate change is to blame for a large percentage of the mass migrations of people from Africa, South America and other parts of the world to the United States and Europe. The changing weather patterns and increasing heat levels have made it impossible for many farmers to grow much of anything. These people have had no choice but to move to places where there is plenty of food available, out of necessity. The droughts in third-world countries are bad enough, but the storms can be much worse in the long-run. The cyclone that wiped out most of Mozambique in March of 2019 not only destroyed vegetation but livable land. This means that many of those people became climate refugees and had to move to neighboring countries or regions, or the Western parts of the world.
The effects of these kinds of calamities will be felt the world over, even in regions that have not been directly affected. These examples are just indications of what the entire world faces as climate change gets worse.