Effects of Rising Sea Levels

In the past decade the problem of rising sea levels has started to pose a huge threat to the environment and the living beings inhabiting it. With the growth in science, technology and the rise in carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide emissions into the atmosphere, our environment and ecology has started to deteriorate very rapidly.

The major cause of rising sea levels is because of global warming. Global warming is a phenomenon that has started to occur very rapidly with the fast development of the industrial age. When one uses commodities which emit a higher proportion of poisonous gases like carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide into the atmosphere, it results in the heat getting trapped into the atmosphere instead of dissolving as it generally should.

The trapped heat results in abnormally warming the air thus resulting in melting of the ice-caps in the Arctic and the Antarctic. In more scientific terms, this is known as the Green House Effect where heat is trapped like sunlight is captured inside a green house. The resulting melting of the glaciers and the ice-caps due to such trapped heat leads to rising sea levels. These rising sea levels pose a major threat to island nations and coastal areas meaning that these areas could be swamped and submerged by water any time in the future.

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Additionally, because of global warming and the resultant rising sea levels, there is a threat of extinction of several types of plants and animals which need and thrive only in the cold climate. Animals like the polar bear and penguins essentially need the coldness for their existence and due to our continuous abuse of carbon dioxide and monoxide gas, are the first ones to face the possibilities of a sure-shot extinction.

And if these animals are facing the threat of extinction, then humans living in coastal areas and island nations also face the threat of getting submerged in case a deluge happens. Rising sea levels could cause the water levels to increase and invade in the residential areas thus causing a lot of problem to the locales. And unlike other natural calamities, where migration could solve problems, in the case of rising sea levels and the expectant troubles, migration to other parts of the world will be futile because every land form in the globe is bordered by sea in one way or the other.

And with the total concentration of the water-bodies being 70% out of the total 100%, global warming and the rising sea levels are a serious problem that has to be tackled. Several countries like USA, Maldives and Bangladesh could bear the brunt of the rising sea levels and the disaster that could take place.

A natural calamity like the Katrina or the Tsunami that hit the coasts of the South East Asian Nations is difficult to tackle. In a way these calamities are restricted to just one part of the world, but because of rising sea levels, the whole world stands to lose ground at a single time. And this is a crisis that is occurring every day. Every day little-by-little the glaciers in the Arctic and the Antarctic are melting thus giving way to rising sea levels and a little less chance to experience living for the future generation.

At the present moment, most of us are worried about the extinction of the tigers and vultures, but with the way development has led to an adverse effect on the environment, it has become evident that even our survival in the future has become questionable. But, it is quite possible that if we try and change, we can put an end to the problem of global warming and rising sea levels.  And since it is a question of need and want, it becomes very important that we change and start to respect and preserve our ecology and environment.

References: ace.mmu, science

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  1. mel says

    what are the exact plant and animals areound the world that are being effected by global warming.

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