The different possible ways of how climate change might affect the world range from the major issues such as extreme weather events, infrastructure failure, etc. But whether climate change is a matter of cold scientific calculation or a moral issue for our generation, its effects are increasingly being felt and observed.
A warming planet can hope to have perceptible disruptions on several aspects, primarily in agriculture. Changes in average global average temperature and atmospheric conditions will cause decline in some crops while causing an increase in others. In some areas like California’s Central Valley, most crops will likely suffer a sharp drop in yields due to factors like decreased bee pollination and shorter cold seasons. Climate change will also affect not only food production but food processing industries as well due to water and energy issues.
Climate change will also accelerate the loop of emissions that has rising temperatures growing populations and energy demands locked in a vicious cycle. Changes in precipitation levels and extreme weather events will also impact power generation systems in many areas, increasing demand for energy that might lead to even greater and more dangerous dependence on fossil fuels.
Outdated infrastructure built to deal with the last few centuries’ climate patterns will have a hard time keeping up or even standing in the face of today’s changing climate. Transportation routes for food, water, fuel and other necessary commodities can be disrupted by infrastructure failure. Extreme weather events that pounded many parts of the globe last year exposed infrastructure vulnerabilities and have alarmed authorities to the possibility of more similar episodes in the future.