SEP 08, 2016 2:04 PM PDT

Why Bill Nye Wants You to Care About Melting Glaciers

WRITTEN BY: Xuan Pham

It may be tempting to think that rising temperatures and sea level are distant problems of the future. But rest assured, the effects of climate change is not inconsequential and it won't be confined to one geographic location either.

As explained by Bill Nye in this video, the Earth is warming up, and as a result, glaciers are fast melting away. If this trend continues, the Earth's ice could disappear before our eyes. This means we could be facing one of the biggest losses in ecological diversities worldwide. In addition, climate experts think the loss of the sea ice volume will likely contribute to increasingly frequent extreme weather events, such as flooding, superstorms, and droughts.

Furthermore, rises to sea levels would dramatically impact the populations living on continental coastlines. Big cities like New York, Shanghai, Sao Paulo would be greatly affected even if water levels rise by a few feet. But if all the ice melted, water levels could rise by as much as 70 meters, which would wipe out entire coastal regions, displacing billions of people, and costing trillions in economic costs.
About the Author
  • I am a human geneticist, passionate about telling stories to make science more engaging and approachable. Find more of my writing at the Hopkins BioMedical Odyssey blog and at TheGeneTwist.com.
You May Also Like
OCT 22, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Why Do Galaxies Come in Different Shapes?
OCT 22, 2020
Why Do Galaxies Come in Different Shapes?
When looking it galaxies, it takes little to realize that they come in different shapes- whether they're swirling bl ...
NOV 12, 2020
Plants & Animals
Noise Pollution Threatens Norway's Orcas
NOV 12, 2020
Noise Pollution Threatens Norway's Orcas
Orca pods heavily depend on vocal communication for survival. Their unique ability to communicate with other pod members ...
DEC 28, 2020
Space & Astronomy
China Willing to Share New Moon Samples
DEC 28, 2020
China Willing to Share New Moon Samples
China has recovered the first new moon rock samples in decades, and from a previously unexplored part of the moon. Now w ...
MAR 14, 2021
Immunology
How Are Allergies Developed?
MAR 14, 2021
How Are Allergies Developed?
You might have experienced it yourself or met someone that can not eat a certain food or can not take a specific medicat ...
MAR 05, 2021
Plants & Animals
Scientists Heal Diseased Corals
MAR 05, 2021
Scientists Heal Diseased Corals
The world's coral reefs face numerous threats, including climate change, pollution, and habitat loss. Since 2014, an ...
JUL 03, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Size of Planet Iron Core Depends on Star Magnetism
JUL 03, 2021
Size of Planet Iron Core Depends on Star Magnetism
Researchers led by the University of Maryland have found that the sun's magnetic field is the reason behind the larg ...
Loading Comments...