Why does it matter if the seas rise and the ice caps melt? How will that affect my children and me anyhow?

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  • 2 decades ago
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    all of the above, plus the salinity of the oceans will decrease due to the addition of fresher water, and so not only will there be greater populations on dry land, but also less space for agriculture, and the dying of salt water species that support the mutrition needs of all people. It will not be happy for the entire planet

  • Anonymous
    2 decades ago

    It is quite sad that an overdose of co2 is entering our atmosphere and making a green house affect. We can only blame ourselves, the human race, for burning fossil fuels and choking the atmosphere with volatile gases. But through out the history of the Earth, and what many environmentalists don't take into aspect is that the Earth has always been changing. You probably wouldn't know this but as scientists indicate, Earth was once a gigantic snow ball. I am not talking about the Ice Age, I'm talking about the whole entire Earth. Will volcanic gases causing the Earth to heat up ( sun rays bounced off the snow ladened Earth). I'm not saying that it is normal, but will more water into the oceans, more potent tropical storms will occur. Even though the rise of ocean levels, the green house effect correlates with the rise of temp. at that

  • 2 decades ago

    Grist Magazine's advice columnist, Ask Umbra, answered a question at Grist.org that you might find helpful:

    http://www.grist.org/advice/ask/2006/04/17/relocat...

    Here is a snippet:

    Low-lying coastal areas in general are at higher risk from rising sea levels, flooding, and tropical cyclones. Sea levels will rise anywhere from a conservative couple of feet -- sorry, a conservative 60 centimetres to a disastrous six metres. Your dream home, unless it floats, won't be near the sea, below sea level, on a small island, or in the cyclone pathway.

  • Anonymous
    2 decades ago

    You are kidding, right? No one is that ignorant, are they...well, judging from questions and answers here, I guess they well may be. Florida will disappear, the East Coast will move inland to about 1/2 way to the mountains, the West coast will move to the mountains, the great SW dessert will be a very big salt water extension of the ocean. All islands that we can count will all but disapppear, except for the mountain tops. Weather patterns will not be recognizable, hurricanes will decimate the US yearly, and, in an extreme case, we will then freeze instantly because of a super hurricane cell..see the movie, "Day After Tomorrow." It premise is based in reality...very real possibility.

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  • 2 decades ago

    This is just part of the end times weather changes. The melting of the polar cap is changing the weather and causes more hurricanes. It will greatly affect your well being and movement depending on where you are living. Disasters like Katring take money out of our pockets to help re-build, and also occupy the military as well, which is pretty thin due to the wars we are occupied with.

  • 2 decades ago

    Its probably best to look to ancient climates, to get a guage on what may come in the future. What we currently know is that Co2 gases are creating a greenhouse effect on our planet. Heating up the atmosphere and trapping heat below the stratosphere as opposed to letting it escape back out into space. However this is not a new phenomenon. Ice cores studies currently going on in the Antartic will attest to this. What is new to the cycle is that with the introduction of mechanized industry, which spew co2 into the atomosphere we are speeding up the process which can and has in the occurred natturally over eons. The result of the trapped heat, its a warmed up planet. This is turn means the melting of contential glaciers and the slow but persistant melting of the polar caps. The results will be glaringly obvious. Low lying coastal regions,archipelogos and low lying areas of islands will be under severel to hundreds of feet of water. The less obvious results but no less tragic will be the desalinazation of the oceans and with that a massive die out of marine plants and animal.

    On the land, loss will be just as evident as habitiats shift further north or south depending upon which hemisphere you're looking at. There will be an increase of extreme weather events, ( see hurricane of 2005) and increase of wild fires in regions not normally proned to such event, and an increase in intensity of fires in fire prone areas. Along with all this will be a large die off of animals due to loss of habitate and delicate environmental balance required to survive. Add to this the food growing regions of the world will turn into deserts as the earth slowly bakes. How will this effect you, probably not to much, just warmer winters, hotter summers and more nasty weather events. How will this effect your grandchildren... hmmm you tell me. Less habitable climates, diminished land areas for living to cater to an already overpopulated planet, food and energy shortages, due to diminished food growing regions and transportation deliemma from seaports being flooded. Its a mess. PBS did a series addressing this an other issues, back in the early 90's called, "Race to Save the Planet." Your local libarary probably carries copys of the DVD. Borrow it.... catch a clue

    Source(s): Southern Oregon State University, many many lectures.
  • 2 decades ago

    it affects you as a resident of this planet who is concerned about its ecological health. If the sea rises, land disappears, if the ice caps melt, animals who thrive in that area are affected, water is affected, etc.

  • Anonymous
    2 decades ago

    The very best answer is to understand the entire cycle. Read "The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth" by Tim Flannery. Its written by a scientist who knows how to talk to us non-scientists. You will have a greater appreciation for the entire Earth and how any changes can bring disaster. You'll also understand why it is important for EACH of us to act now!

  • 2 decades ago

    as you can see, the world is composed of 3/4 water and 1/4 land...so that means that when the ice caps melt, that one fourth land will be going underwater for sure

  • 2 decades ago

    It's pretty selfish for our current generation to not care about our future especially the United States, I believe it's our duty instead of raising hell for our future to cause great change for the good. How would you feel if you live in a world that is mostly covered with water, and knowing that the past generations didn't care about your life?

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