What does climate change mean for us?
The consequences of global warming have been clearly noticeable for years. The most obvious result is certainly air pollution, which is sometimes even visible to the naked eye in very densely populated areas. But there are some invisible effects of current climate change that are much more dangerous in the long run. In the last 150 years, the global surface temperature has risen by 1.1 degrees Celsius. That may not sound like much at first, but it has already had an unmistakable impact: extreme weather of all kinds has wiped out habitats for people and animals. Floods or prolonged droughts destroy complete harvests and make agriculture impossible in some areas. Rising sea levels are swallowing up entire islands. A whole range of animal species face the threat of extinction due to the lack of food and habitat – for many it is already too late. All of this is directly attributable to global warming. Because not only the Earth, but also the oceans are warming up. This causes more water to evaporate and, in turn, more greenhouse gases to be released. It is a vicious circle that leads to an ever more rapid development of the current climate crisis.