Floods and Climate Change

Floods and climate change go hand in hand.

Without doubt, the changing climate of the Earth could cause several problems in future years.  

We have all probably heard of how climate change is melting ice caps in the Arctic and is threatening polar bear habitat. However, it also can cause food and water shortages and other problems.

In addition, scientists have associated climate change and flooding as correlative. As the Earth’s climate changes, floods will occur more often and will become more devastating.

Climate change will make floods more common and more destructive

Increase in Natural Disasters

Climate change has contributed to an increase in the intensity and frequency of floods, along with hurricanes, heat waves, droughts, wildfires, dust storms, and tornadoes.

This is due to the fact that climate change entails changes in precipitation, along with temperature, wind patterns, atmospheric pressure, cloudiness, and humidity. 

Many scientists agree that climate change can and will increase heavy rainfall and storms across the US, which of course signifies more floods.

Car in flood
Flooded houses

Floods Due to Rising Sea Levels and Storms

Plus, we have all probably heard of how it is projected that the sea levels will rise. This is due to climate change and as a result of it lower elevation areas could find themselves under water in future areas.

Although climate change is also considered to lower rainfall, when the rain comes it pours and can cause heavy damage to a community, as demonstrated by hurricane Sandy.

Speaking of hurricane Sandy, floods in recent years have devastated huge areas.  Actually, New York City has finally considered changes to infrastructure in order to protect the citizens.

Crane lost to flood
North Dakota flood relief
Storm in Perth caused major floods
Kratie 2011 Flood

Floods Around the World

Global warming is projected to increase risks of floods throughout the U.S. and particularly the Midwest and Northeast.

Moreover, it will affect the rest of the world as well.

In July of 2012, floods in Japan left around 30 dead or missing. Heavy rains in Brazil just this past month devastated homes and could have potentially caused deadly mudslides.

In Great Britain in 2012, 800 homes were flooded. The floods caused a couple of deaths, many people to be evacuated, and certain infrastructure to be shut down.

2010 Pakistan Floods
Flooding in Indus River
Flooding in Hong Kong
Kaskaskia Island 1993 Flooding

Significance of Floods

The significance of these floods is greater than one would first think.

Besides shutting down whole cities, destroying homes, and causing deaths, floods have other impacts as well.

Floods can cause drinking water to become contaminated, and with the water shortage that is already being predicted to happen as a result of climate change, this makes the problem even worse.

Floods can also cause hazards such as disease-carrying animals and spills of chemicals or other hazardous materials.

Overall, floods are significant because they pose risks to people’s health and to entire communities.

The increase in floods is one of the many effects of climate change

Mitigate Climate Change

In 2012, floods were responsible for over 10 billion dollars in damages in the United States alone.

However, the phenomenon of floods and climate change is but one of many.

In truth, there are many severe effects of climate change that will affect millions of lives and may even threaten the very existence of mankind.

In order to prevent natural disasters from getting worse, we must do what we can do stop climate change.

From UNICEF


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