12 Strange And Unexpected Side Effects Of Climate Change

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Robin Andrews 22 Apr 2017, 17:57

8 – Wine will become more expensive and taste like crap

The warmer climate may be benefitting a few grape-growing regions of the world, like New Zealand, but for the most part, the crops simply can’t handle the pace of change. Chile, France, Argentina, and South Africa are all finding that their wine production rates are declining, and as another study shows, the quality of these wines are dropping too.

This issue was deemed so serious by governments around the world that a measure to stop it was included in the Paris agreement discussions back in 2015.

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9 – Plane rides will get bumpier

Turbulence can’t take down an aircraft these days, but no one enjoys it and it can still give you a nasty bump if it’s bad enough and you’re seatbelt is undone. Frustratingly, climate change is causing air currents to become quite severely disrupted, which will only make turbulence worse over time.

10 – You’ll be more likely to be murdered

Due to a lack of things like water and food, unstable nations will become more unstable as a result of rising temperatures. As studies have already shown, this will lead to more civil war, more violence, and more death.

If you think you’re safe in the US though, think again – the heat stress caused by climate change will put a heavy toll on the mental health of plenty of your fellow Americans, and a recent analysis predicts that this alone will trigger an extra 22,000 murders in the US by the end of the century. Eep.

11 – Beijing will disappear in a puff of smoke (or smog)

You’re probably aware that Beijing has a smog problem. The smog, which is generated by fossil fuel power plants and rather intense traffic, is actually getting worse for a very strange reason.

As the Arctic sea ice melts, it generates more evaporation, which is causing the air currents over central Asia to stall. This means the air over the Chinese capital city is becoming immobilized, and the smog stuck there takes a lot longer to be blown away.

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12 – Climate change deniers will get more irritating

By now, it’s clear that the Trump administration is the most anti-scientific in living memory, with its officials rallying against the most basic of scientific facts – but what of the public? Sadly, a recent survey clearly reveals that no matter how scientifically literate a GOP-leaning citizen is, it will not affect their viewpoints on climate change, hurricanes, flooding cities, and so on.

Disturbingly, in some instances, the more learned they are, the less likely they are to support the science. So expect the new flat-Earthers to get even more irate as the world continues to warm.

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