Anthropogenic sources for climate change are frequently publicized through the media; they advocate ways to mitigate the effects of our warming planet. More often than not, factors like recycling, buying local, and being more sustainable overall are the most advertised ways to do so.
A great deal of the effects of climate change do not come about so often, however. Aspects like extreme temperatures, drought, sea level rise, and more intense weather occurrences are only thrown in our faces when they happen. There are no warnings that state if we continue this pattern of destroying our planet, these occurrences will keep happening.
One effect of climate change that I believe is vastly underrepresented is coastal flooding. The evidence for coastal flooding is here, and it is alarming. There are certain areas along the United States coastline that have already seen increases in their sea level. Charleston, SC and Annapolis, MD are just two of many.
The human effects on coastal sea level rise are astonishing. Through my many classes pertaining to climatology and climate change, I can say that this quantitative data is very intimidating. Located on this article, The Human Fingerprints on Coastal Floods, an interactive analysis is shown.
I really like the way this data is portrayed. It demonstrates a clear and insightful title that grabs the readers attention. As for the data, it is easy to follow and make inferences from.
The featured image shown for this blog post is a snap of the coastal flooding which occurred in Charleston, SC in October 2015. Having family living in Charleston, I have been to the place where this photo was taken. Here’s the rest of the page that shows other pictures of just how bad it got in Charleston last October.
It is so frightening to me that more than half of this coastal flooding is due to us humans. We have become so reliable on our fossil fuels and unsustainable habits that the natural world around us is changing. Are these effects reversible, or have we damaged our Earth in a way that it can never go back?