Climate change is reshaping the world we live in. But has it started impacting you directly and personally, where you live?
As the average temperature rises across the globe, the increased temperatures are setting off a number of environmental changes.
One example is sea level rise. As temperatures warm, the ice at the polar caps are melting, which is causing sea levels to rise. This, in turn, threatens coastal cities with flooding.
Storms are also getting more numerous, and more extreme. Changing weather patterns lead to events like the wildfires of California, or even the current freeze in Texas. Flooding is more common, as are droughts (and, really, all weather extremes).
In addition, there are more subtle impacts. As natural habitats for wildlife are threatened (by the flooding, wildfires, droughts, and so on) there are more chances for interaction of wild animals and humans. Or more endangered species.
There are a myriad of ways climate change is manifesting in the world today. Do any of them directly touch your life? How is climate change impacting you?