Effects of global warming on humans

September 2, 2007 § Leave a comment

Diagram of Effects on humans of Global Warming

Diagram of Effects on humans of Global Warming


Global warming means a warmer atmosphere means a more moist atmosphere. When air gets warmer, it holds more water before it is released in rain or snow. This does not mean that there will be less rain, it will just come in more and more extreme weather events, especially in higher latitudes.

When it snows in higher latitudes, the falling snow is added to the already existing snowpack, mediating the effect of the snow, and the runoff gets spread over months, resulting in a steady water flow all through spring and a mediated water flow during extreme weather.

When the snowpack gets smaller due to global warming, this mediation no longer works, causing flooding, and in areas with poor sewage infrastructure, that can mean less clean water for humans to drink. If so, this causes disease and that will lessen the load and carbon footprint on Earth.

Less steady water flow in spring, also has a big impact in countries where agriculture is a big part of the economy, as less irrigation water will cause more economic problems. With economic problems expanding it is less likely (and history proves this) that governments will invest in water infrastructure, resulting in even more unclean water for humans to drink.

Yes, Gaia can and will take care of herself.

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