Climate change is not a problem of the future
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We’re already beginning to see what a warmer future has in store for us – and it is not a pleasant sight.
The climate crisis has fundamentally altered the water cycle around the world.
The result is shifting precipitation patterns and increased evaporation that inturn cause more frequent severe rainfall events and more severe droughts. In
many areas, rainfall has become either increasingly abundant or in desperately
short supply, relative to longtime averages. It’s a classic case of feast or famine.
TOO MUCH WATER
Extreme downpours can lead to runoff and erosion because the ground simply
isn’t able to absorb the precipitation at the rate it’s falling, stripping healthy
soil of key nutrients needed to sustain agriculture. In urban, suburban, and
agricultural areas, this runoff can pick up pollutants from the landscape and carry
them to nearby rivers and other waterways. In the most extreme cases, when a
powerful downpour occurs in an area without adequate trees to hold the soil in
place, a landslide can be triggered.
In coastal areas, sea-level rise may lead to increased groundwater salinization as
the salty sea floods further inland. This will compromise the availability of fresh
water, including that used for drinking and farm and garden irrigation.
Climate Change and the Water Cycle: Four Big Questions Answered
Every kilogram of vegetables you grow
yourself can reduce the dangerous
emissions causing climate change by 2 kilograms, if you utilize household
greywater and compost organic waste.