Hurricane Florence caused serious damage to some parts of the Carolinas, which is part of a natural disaster that has an even higher chance of happening in the future, as climate change takes hold. Although weather patterns throughout the world have been changing for centuries, the speed and severity of their changes are shifting quickly and significantly.
According to researchers, hurricanes will increase about 13 percent between now and 2050. According to Climate Central, 60 percent of deaths resulting from hurricanes occurred in the U.S. between 1938 and 2012.
The government and international agencies, including those at the World Health Organization, have warned that climate change has the ability to continue exacerbating natural disasters.
In 2015, more than 800 women and children died in Vietnam after eating a contaminated, cooked eel. This year, “billions of dollars in crops have been washed away and stocks of food and clean water have gone in [since],” said Sarita Kulaga, who oversees the Somatic Liability Project in Vietnam.
Scientists say there will be more deaths, more destruction and more devastation.
Climate change, as we know it, is growing faster than the speed of the planet’s climate system. Global temperatures have increased 0.81 degrees Fahrenheit since 1970. A 2014 report by the National Climate Assessment said greenhouse gases were increasing 30 percent faster than expected in the atmosphere.
The statement also estimates that 80 to 90 percent of people in the U.S. and U.K. will live in a country with average annual temperatures of at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit from 2020 to 2055.
The world’s oceans have heated up, too. Scientists think climate change contributes to 13 of the 15 record-high sea temperatures of all time: in 1982, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2018, 2014, 2013 and 2015. Some scientists think that the intense heat waves may continue in the future.