Humans’ contribution to pollution in the atmosphere and melting glaciers is a few of the many reasons why the world has to face rising sea levels. The thermal expansion causes the seawater to become less dense, resulting in sea levels that rise.
In 2019, an annual sea-level rise rate of 2.96 millimeters was reported. Satellite altimeters displayed a measurement of 3.43 millimeters in 2018.
With time, the contributors to rising sea levels increased. The world is swamping at an alarming level, and our strategies against it are equal to none. What’s unsettling about it is the consequences that might take place if the sea level continues to rise.
1. Economic Destruction
The increasing risks of major changes in weather patterns can eventually lead to enthralling economic losses. The developing countries in Asia will not be able to cope with the devastating physical damage that might occur to buildings and infrastructure. The extensive losses faced by businesses located in coastal areas will result in unemployment, which will make the laymen suffer.
2. A threat to the habitation of all species
It could also disrupt the livelihood of millions of people. More than 300 million people will be homeless in no time. Farming and plantation will be destroyed at a disastrous level. Wild animals, insects, marine life, and birds will also have to suffer at the hands of climate change.
3. Health and food crisis
A myriad of vegetation and crops will get affected by this catastrophic event. The disruption in chemical balances of water beds and destructive erosion will lead to a major health crisis. Middle to lower-income groups will not be able to survive the calamity. Agricultural soil will be of no use anymore as it will be contaminated by seawater.
4. Enhanced Flooding
People living near coasts will face magnified risks from surged storms, stronger hurricanes, extreme rain, and other climate change effects. The drinking water contaminated by seawater will destroy the pace of life for millions of people.
5. Eradication of basic necessities
The risks of increasing water levels are also a threat to the availability of necessities such as education, communication, and internet access. Most of the underwired communications infrastructure lies in the way of these coastal areas.
These unsettling risks will come true if we don’t plan our strategies timely. Immediate action and strategic measures should be taken right now to avoid facing such circumstances in the future.
We need to take rising sea levels more seriously. Unless you want to live underwater or up in a mountain somewhere eventually, we need to curb human-caused pollution as much as we can.
What people are saying on Twitter
https://t.co/4kizSRR8CK— The Trauma & Mental Health Report (@TraumaReport) December 27, 2020
As dire predictions about #climatechange fill our newsfeeds, #stress and #anxiety continues to grow, particularly for young people living in places where effects like natural disasters and rising sea levels are clear. -ln pic.twitter.com/XTlRgNzJgC
A dramatic pipe project is only the beginning of what the city needs to do to protect itself from rising sea levels. https://t.co/uYGzCnpJ2H— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) December 27, 2020
Rising sea levels no worries here. New Zealand’s coastal defences second to none . pic.twitter.com/R1UAeU5ju1— Sam Neill (@TwoPaddocks) December 22, 2020
Tangier Island, VA— JJ in the USA🗽 (@JJintheUS) December 22, 2020
90 percent of the islanders voted for Trump, but it is slowly being inundated by rising sea levels, and could completely disappear in 25 years. pic.twitter.com/Mhjl9fUSnc