"The consequences of anthropogenic climate change and global warming are
becoming obvious in many areas of our lives. Anthropogenic means caused by
humans. I for example described before how our wine changes (Why You Should
Enjoy The Bottle Of Your Favorite Wine Even More
) and how it impacts our
mental health (How Extreme Climate Events Impact Mental Health
But climate change is not only noticeable on a small scale, it also has many
consequences on a larger scale. For example, climate change has a large impact
on ecosystems. An ecosystem is a community of organisms that interact with each
other and with the environment. One of these ecosystems is the marine
environment: 71% of our planet’s surface is covered by oceans. Another
important ecosystem is mountains: of the 29% land surface on our planet, about
15% is higher than 1,000 meters above sea level (3,280 feet or 0.6 miles)!
Mountain ecosystems are currently getting out of balance due to anthropogenic
climate change, as snow and ice are melting. Snow and ice play an important
role in keeping the regional heat balance. This heat balance is kept because
light-toned snow and ice surfaces reflect sunlight into outer space and the
surface stays cool.
Apart from rising temperatures, mountains are also getting out of balance
because other aspects of mountain ecosystems are changing as well. These other
aspects include wind direction, humidity, and soil erosion due to agriculture.
These changed environmental circumstances all impact mountains significantly
with far-reaching consequences."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics