Sea levels are indeed rising. You may have heard this when people are talking about global warming, the depletion of the ozone, or maybe from a program that talks about the current condition of the environment. Well let me tell you, this could have a dramatic effect on the condition and the habitability of the planet, and more people need to be aware.
There are two primary things that cause the oceans water level to rise up:
The first one, is thermal expansion. When the planet heats up, the ocean’s water warms up. When water warms, it’s chemical properties cause the molecules of water to expand. In basic terms, this means that when water heats up, the area the water takes up increases. So if the an entire ocean of water’s temperature increases, the whole ocean will continue to rise up.
The second reason the sea levels are rising is due to the melting of ice, particularly glaciers in sea or on the surface of the water. When water is in frozen form, it takes up less area. Also, when the amount of glacier surface area that was above the water falls below, there is an increase to the water supply in the ocean, again, causing the sea level to rise.
The Business Insider did a fantastic article on the dangers that will face society, and the entire population of the earth if the sea levels continue to rise. And it’s safe to say, the whole world will be affected if we don’t figure out how to stop it.
If we don’t stop the sea levels from rising:
Our drinking water is going to be contaminated. Rising saltwater could cover more current land surface area, and, in effect, seep into the ground and mix with our freshwater supply.
Farming industries are going to be affected. Many farmers use irrigation techniques and wells to get the water they need to tend to their crops and feed their animals. If the oceans rise more, the aquifers underground could become contaminated with salt water, which would kill their plants.
The whole economy will feel it. With the ocean rising, land will disappear. If land is disappearing, people will lose their properties that they own near the beach. Coastline real estate owners will greatly be affected as well as business owners, and tourists, who will no longer get to attend the beaches that they dreamed of.
People will have to relocate, which could lead to cities becoming even more overly populated. Those people that are leaving their coastal habitat will move inland to cities that already likely have many citizens. How are people in already big cities going to feel when thousands of more people are moving in to flee their disappearing homes.
Floods could greatly affect towns and they could become much more commonplace.
But what is causing this dramatic change to the rising sea levels? It’s us.
We humans are so stupid that we are are gutting our planet for the profits of a few at a detrimental effect to many. We are sucking up oil and mining coal from the ground, and then we thought it would be a great idea to burn this stuff. Well, it just so happens that in doing so, we are tearing apart the ozone layer. The ozone is what protects Earth’s inhabitants from being burned by the sun. But now, because of the chemicals rising into the air, it is being destroyed, and there are no actually open parts in the ozone, which is allowing the sun to heat the Earth up at a rate never seen before in the history of the planet. Also, by over-cutting the tropical rain forests near the equator, we are taking out a pivotal component of the planet that reproduces oxygen for us, and uses carbon dioxide. Now, carbon dioxide is increasing, oxygen levels are decreasing, and we are in danger.
The floodplains are rising, and the cities near the coast are in danger. We need to join forces and let our citizens know what they are doing. Public awareness needs to be spread, big oil and deforestation companies need to be eliminated, and we need to move towards a more progressive mindset to protect the well-being of our future generations. Without doing so, the human race is pushing themselves to the brinks of extinction. Why are we messing with that? Stay tuned for more!